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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg 2019

Boxing Day

 

by KJ Hannah Greenberg

 

 

Oison dripped snow. He looked back and forth from the puddle under one of his hands to the puddle forming under the other.

 

Maebh grimaced. His hands ought to be full of cash, not melting snow.

 

“I was stiffed,” Oison justified.

 

Maebh threw their only table lamp at him. She was a poor pitch. The lamp arched past Oison’s head and crumpled on the floor.

 

He shrugged. “Guess we’ll have to rely on the overhead, now. Anyway, Lovie, I bought you these. Fought off the crowds at the Neasa’s Chocolate Emporium to procure them for you.” He proffered a slightly crushed box of candy.

 

Maebh next attempted to assault her beloved with a framed picture of the two of them standing at the seashore. Ordinarily, that memento stood on their reading table atop of a doily.

 

Oison was slow to duck. The photo hit him on the edge of his forehead. A slow bleed started.

 

“Tosh and assorted relative nonsense,” his partner said. Her words slowly bubbled to her lips, like a poison nearing the completion of its fermentation process.

 

Oison’s head slumped toward his stomach. He slid to sit on their threadbare sofa. It was a two-seater and he had long ago promised Maebh a three.

 

One eye nearly swollen shut, he watched his woman pick up the windowsill pot containing the small cacti that she constantly overwatered. That prickly vegetable was yellow where it should have been green and brown where yellow would not have been a problem.

 

Maebh winged the pot at her much-loved man. She missed, catching a knickknack from their honeymoon.

 

Oison shook his head. They were averaging three lost figurines per month.

“Hurts ya to lose it.” suggested Oison’s mate.

“Yup.”

 

Maebh contemplated the decorative plate that she had removed from the wall. It was a souvenir of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They might be ex-pats, but they still revered certain things. “Now you’re telling the truth. So while you’re at it, where’s the money?”

 

“I drank it away at Mac Lochlainns.”

 

Maebh made herself comfortable on the sofa and then wiggled over to Oison’s lap. “Lying doesn’t suit you. I guess you miss home, too.” Although she still clutched the plate in her left hand, with her right hand, she rubbed her dear one’s face, enjoying the contact her fingers made with his beard, his nose, and his eyelids.

 

She carefully traced the surface of his forehead box, too. “Your green light’s so sexy.”

 

“As sexy as Doni O’Shea’s?”

 

“Ain’t no such man in my life.”

 

Sighing and then sighing once more, Oison swiftly grabbed the plate from his girl. In that single gesture he likewise smashed it over her head.

 

She became limp. Her eyes shuttered.

 

Oison tsk-tsked as he fingered her face and the bump on her brow. “Stupid broad! Your light’s red!”

 

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her latest photography portfolio is 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her most recent poetry collection is Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017). Her most recent fiction collection is the omnibus, Concatenation (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2018).

Recently, Hannah’s seventh short story collection was published by Bards and Sages Publishing.

The publisher writes: "Bards and Sages Publishing is pleased to bring readers Walnut Street, our seventh short story collection by KJ Hannah Greenberg. Greenberg’s flair for the peculiar and eclectic shines through in this collection of over fifty flash and short fiction works featuring anthropomorphic starship pilots, angsty authors, strange neighbors, and more."

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In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019