Devon and Devon by Murray Dunlap

The real story begins when I realize that there is more than one Devon.

Devon A is strikingly beautiful and knows it. She lights a cigarette and lightly swishes the air in her area, creating a swirl of smoke around her.

Devon B does not smoke. Rather, she hides the fact that she is constantly doing cocaine. We all wish she would not, especially her son, but she keeps right on after it. White dust on bathroom counters and odd make-up clip-down bags in her purse. An odd thing to be so well hidden, and yet, so visible. Her son knows it, but does not know what to say or do.

Devon A is a girl I have known for 20 years. We met in college and then, of course, Devon A went off and got married as they all do.

Devon B and coke, however, turned into a different affair altogether. We became entwined with utmost vigor when she left her husband – the father of her son. And so our tryst was heated electricity and sparks galore. But, Devon B decided she should return to the father of her son.

Devon A did not approve of the entire arrangement. In the end, none of us did.

It was with a postcard that I was alerted to the end of everything, and while I was filled with anger, relief is my only reaction to the end of both girls named Devon.

I have not seen either Devon since the postcard.


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9 responses to “Devon and Devon by Murray Dunlap

  1. They sounded like trouble anyway, thanks for sharing.

  2. Both high maintenance, better off without ’em.

  3. Kim Hutchinson

    Nice idea, the two Devons. I liked it.

  4. I like the idea of this, even as I see them as one. Nicely done.

  5. First thought this was about a split personality, but I see it’s a more fascinating look at how people can change–well done.

  6. Are they just one? Or does it matter? Hmmm … interesting, as ‘Devon’ is a name for a form of deli meat in certain parts of Australia (though not where I am from) so I was kind of thinking meat counters when I read it. But both women do sound like a lot of work!

  7. Interesting twist on the theme. And a riddle of sorts — the same person, or not? Makes for fascinating reading on both accounts. Peace…

  8. Pingback: Week #28 – the postcard | 52|250 A Year of Flash

  9. Thank you all for the feedvback! Interesting interpretations… Hope to get this again in future posts!

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