Sometimes husbands take it well. This one cornered Mason at the roadhouse, drove a pencil up his ear canal. Registered disappointment when it hit bone, stopped. Mason dropped like an abbatoir steer, his newest girlfriend shouting, “Murderer!” Quieter husbands drink the lemonade when handed lemons. Historically an abundance of wrecked homes accrue, then Mason moves for safety reasons. Normally in time. Straight men fetishize women’s legs, their behinds, Mason grooves on wedding bands. Forever diamonds—an irresistible challenge. An enraged cuckold penetrates the rogue’s ear drum, sends a deep, direct message. Received. First stop, E.R., then find a moving van.
TODD MERCER won the Dyer-Ives Kent County Prize for Poetry in 2016, the National Writers Series Poetry Prize for 2016, and the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts Flash Fiction Award for 2015. His digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance,appeared at Right Hand Pointing. Mercer’s recent poetry and fiction appear in: 100 Word Story, Bartleby Snopes, Blast Furnace, Eunoia Review, The Fib Review, The Ekphrastic Review, EXPOUND, Flash Frontier Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, The Lake, The Magnolia Review, Plum Tree Tavern, Postcard Shorts, Softblow Journal, Star 82 Review and Two Cities Review.