“Strangers on a Train” / Memorable Fancies #1651

Stamford, Connecticut: Two men on an Amtrak train, strangers. Each is on his phone, speaking with his wife, perhaps about their plans for the evening. Their conversations become similar, as each man can’t help hearing what the other is saying. Eventually, each finds himself telling his wife what the other man is saying about events planned for the weekend, a party in New York, perhaps. The voices overlap, pause, conclude, fade with offhand goodbyes. At home, each wife reflects on the new … [Read more...]

“Observation” / Memorable Fancies #1041

[“Now I can keep her under constant surveillance, through this system of mirrors and trained dogs.” – Donald Barthelme]     Since that was written (1965), civilization has advanced beyond such primitive means to keep track of one’s wife as mirrors and dogs. We now have mirror apps, elevated heartrate snooper apps, analyze facial expression for possible unfaithfulness apps, knows when she takes off her ring and slips it into a pocket apps, more insidious and different apps each day.    If … [Read more...]

“Every Tuesday” / Memorable Fancies #787

         Pretend you’re my secret lover. Pretend we make frantic and exhausting love every Tuesday afternoon when our spouses are away. Somewhere each usually goes every Tuesday afternoon. <END> THE TUESDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here, in Facebook, or on other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and other outlets: “The Seventh Effect” – a cyberspy NSA-themed techno-thriller by Terence Kuch, published by Melange … [Read more...]

“Foreground” / A Memorable Fancy #058

The piece is incomplete, the one Harold and Irene paid the famous artist to paint. It leans against a wall of their home, three faceless figures against the sea. After a month, with Irene not at home, Harold phones the artist, who says “get someone else to finish it – I’ve gone on to other things now.” In the background, a sound of surf and Irene’s delighted voice; in the foreground, a silence. … [Read more...]