Pillow by Matt Potter

The man lying beside me – did I remember his name? – cradled the pillow, snoring.

Morning sun peppered his three-day growth.

And then, he broke the reverie: a guffaw, long and low and rolling. His eyes opened. “I was just dreaming about you,” he said, sleepy-voiced. “What’s for breakfast?”

“Breakfast is not included,” I said, hospitality affronted.

I walked naked into the kitchen. Marie sat at the table, coffee cup in hand. She was as pretty as the day I had married her.

She set the cup down and pushed her blonde bob behind her ears as I pulled a chair out and sat opposite.

“When is this need for constant confirmation of your sexual attractiveness going to stop, Barry?” she said. “It’s getting a bit lame.”

“I’m not even forty yet,” I snapped. “So it’s got a way to go.” I stood up. And there I had been thinking how pretty she still was!

“I just don’t think this is the best environment to be bringing up children,” she added. And paused. A smirk played on her lips. And her eyes sparked.

I rushed back into the bedroom. “Get dressed!” I said. “We’re going out for breakfast – my shout. I’m going to be a father!”

I threw clothes at his startled face and jumped into my jeans.

Marie stood in the doorway. “Hey,” she said. “I’m just thinking of getting a dog.”

“Oh,” said the man. And a guffaw, long and low and rolling, escaped his lips again.

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5 responses to “Pillow by Matt Potter

  1. Funny. Dogs do need a bit of stability in their lives after all. ;-)

  2. I was a bit confused by the romantic arrangement , but the twist about the dog was cute and sweet. :)

  3. Love the unconventionality of this story. Peace…

    • Matt Potter

      Thank you – Michelle Elvy on ‘Fictionaut’ did write she thought this story needs to be read slowly and then it is easy to understand the nuances and the relationships. And I have to admit I too am guilty of reading short pieces way too fast, and not always understanding or getting the nuances, etc. But then, having to read it slowly? – does that really work anyway. Am unsure. But I do like the dog!

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