Waiting in Line To Order an Espresso

by Mark Chmiel

I overheard Sylvie Smith ask Emma Wong
“What’s up, haven’t seen you on Snapchat?”

“Yeah, I haven’t looked at  Snapchat
In three weeks”

Sylvie looked horrified
“THREE WEEKS?!!!

What’s going on with you?”
“Just into other things”

“You’re dating someone?”
“No, I’m reading someone”

“Reading?  Seriously?”
“Wang Yangming’s book

Instructions for Practical Living
Sylvie was baffled beyond belief

Her jaw dropped: “What has happened to you?”
Emma smiled, “I got acquainted with my liang-chih

–from novel-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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