One of the last days you saw him, he spent a good portion of your time together convincing you that you could wink. His teaching method was commanding you to “Just do it” and it was rather ineffective but amusing. Finally, you turned your head to the side, blinked quickly and asked, “Eh?” He sat up and stared at you for a bit before cracking a small smile. Said, “Don’t ever do that again.”
You haven’t since.
Melissa Fitzgerald is an English student at Northeastern University with a writing minor. She thinks “love” is the loveliest word in the world, but melancholy is pretty too, in a different way. Her work has been published in Corvus Magazine, *82 Review, and Indiana Voice Journal.