No Time Hath She Mark Crimmins Micro-Fiction

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by Mark Crimmins

Published in Issue No. 228 ~ May, 2016


Jim Walsh says he has all this stuff to do in town and do I want to go with him, so I tag along. We go to the bank. The post office. Taco Time. After we’ve eaten our burritos he says he needs to stop by work. His office is in a strip mall. We park out front and I follow him inside. We walk down a hallway. Jim opens a door, turns on the lights, and enters a room. I follow him. The first thing I see is the old man. Eyes open. Skin waxy. Looking serenely at the ceiling from the table where he lies covered with a blue sheet. Over in the corner I can see a gray motionless child. Then, behind the old man, I see the girl. She’s lying face up on a gurney. Her chestnut hair is meticulously combed out. In thick tresses it hangs down almost to the floor. Her beautiful features are sharp and striking in death. She too looks serene, like she’s just sleeping with her eyes open. A white shroud covers her body. The main thing about her is how still she is. She’s my age. Sixteen. Jim lifts the shroud, peers underneath, and winces. He shakes his head, replaces the sheet. Nothing is moving in the windowless room. I’ve stopped breathing myself. I look again at the girl. Her hair hangs down. I’m amazed at how much of it there is. How thick. How long. How still.

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Mark Crimmins's short stories have been published in Confrontation, Cha, Trainless Magazine, Apalachee Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Kyoto Journal, Del Sol Review, Eclectica, Penmen Review, Split Rock Review, Prick of the Spindle, Columbia, Tampa Review, Cortland Review, Queen's Quarterly, Ellipsis, Del Sol Review, Microliterature, ad Pif Magazine. His flash fictions have been published in Eunoia Review, Happy, White Rabbit, Spelk, Dogzplot, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Atticus Review, Gravel, Restless Magazine, and Flash: the International Short Short Story Magazine. He teaches English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.

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