She Smiles for the First Time

The bar is sepia but satellite brings a slice of real life as two supporters wait for kick-off and organise drinks. They have a young girl with them who fidgets until she spills her cola. When the barman brings her a fresh one she smiles for the first time. She wears baggy trousers and a team strip. Her yellow hair is tied into a bunch of tangles and knots. Her colouring book is open but she pushes her pencils into her drink. She tries to engage her father who doesn’t take his eyes off the screen to glance at her. His mouth says ‘yes’ but his eyes say ‘no’. She taps her wooden pencils against the rim of the glass and watches as a woman enters the bar. The woman looks uncomfortable with her friends. The mood of her lips comes through as loneliness.

– Benjamin F Jones

About Graphite Bunny

I am a writer working in South Wales (UK). I love pizza, photography and moist clay. When it rains I catch drops in my open mouth. I create poetry, flash, absurdist snapshots and humorous fiction.
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