Flash Fiction: Out of Luck (160 words)

“I want peaches,” Keela said. It was a very sudden statement, though at least complete enough not to invite confusion, so Dane just looked over with a single blink and nodded.

“All right,” he said.

“And mangoes,” Keela said. She had waited to add the statement until after he responded, which made it sound like a continuation of the conversation. Yet, she hadn’t looked at him, nor changed her tone to indicate that she had heard him.

He started to smile, and blinked again.

“Fine,” he said.

“And avocados,” she finished. Keela looked down at the rope in her hands, continuing to braid them together, but still without any acknowledgement that he was there.

Snorting to himself, he shook his head. He clapped her on the back as he passed her to put his finished coil back into the crates. “If I had any, I would give them to you,” he said.

Keela sighed. “That’s what I figured,” she said.

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