On the Seriousness of Tourists #4


“We’ll use this for the Christmas card,” her husband says.

She doesn’t answer, but she’s glad he’s being such a good sport.  She’s somewhere else.  She’s six and planning her future.  She’d live in a castle and wear purple gowns and pink capes.  She would rule her people from the turret.  She had always wanted a round room.  One with pink velvet cushions.

The man stares at the couple posing for the picture. He remembers his youth.  He misses his wife.


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