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Mary walked into the restaurant with a flourish. Her scarf got caught in the door hinge and pulled tight as she stepped down causing her to choke and trip down the stairs.

Maxwell was waiting at the bar. "Christ you're late," he said. "It's boiling in here."

"Take your hat off," she replied.

Max signalled the waiter and paid his tab. "You want cozy or action?" He asked, indicating a booth in back, then a circular table in the center of the restaurant.

Mary shrugged. "It doesn't matter."

"No, no, no. I'm not falling for that one," said Max.

"I don't have a preference," Mary insisted.

Maxwell's throat swelled. He pressed his hand onto the table, working his thumb against the wood grain. The rough texture gave him comfort. He swallowed, taking in air.

"Here's a table's in the middle of the room," he said. "Waiter comes by, he bumps the chair, you spill yer wine." Max sat down at that point for emphasis. "Do you see?" he implored, gesturing to the inadequate space between the back of his chair and the chair behind. "Do you see how this could not possibly work out?"

"I don't drink wine," Mary replied.

Date Written: January 01, 2005
Author: cuntry
Average Vote: 3.6

01/10/2005 The Rid: Interesting, but I'm not sure it's good.
01/10/2005 TheBuyer (5): I read this the first time as if the guy was waiting for Christ, confused the hell out of me. I like this a whole shitload. Yup.
01/10/2005 Litcube: Author: WWWHAT!?
01/10/2005 anonymous: stop asking for answers and vote damnit
01/10/2005 Mr. Pony: I love the way this is told, but I don't yet know what it's telling me!
01/10/2005 Jon Matza: I interpret this as being written almost exclusively to outrage (or at least get a reaction out of) Slocum.
01/10/2005 Streifenbeuteldachs (3):
01/11/2005 John Slocum (3): Matza, you're wrong. The character, Mary, who doesn't 'drink wine' choked herself and fell down the stairs. She's not a very serious or physically coordinated person and therefore does not pose a threat to Sloc.
01/11/2005 Litcube: I interpreted this as: WWWHAAT!?
01/11/2005 The Rid (3): Some people at my office told me they'd four this, so I told 'em to sign up. They didn't.
01/11/2005 TheBuyer: I can't put my finger on it, but something about this woman falling spectacularly on her ass and no one seems to notice, or that she doesn't seem to care really worked for me. Also, all of the damage she has no doubt caused in the past made it good and subtle. My five was based on what isn't in the short , if that makes sense.
01/11/2005 The Rid: Makes sense, Buyer.
01/11/2005 cuntry: Buyer, i am the mistress of subtlety.
01/11/2005 scoop (4):