TEN LIES BY PAUL BUCHANAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 12
Emmy comes out of the bathroom wrapped in a white towel. A blue towel is wound on her head like a turban.
“When did you tell the Parkers we’d meet them?” Dale asks her, sitting on the bed, already dressed. He points the remote at the television and thumps through a few channels to the news.
“I forget,” she tells him, looking at the television screen. “I’ll call her again in a minute.”
She opens the towel and lets it drop to the bedroom carpet. He sees the stretch marks on her belly and looks away. He watches the news while she rubs lotion on her legs. She pulls on her clothes and stands in front of the dresser brushing out her hair.
“Damn Republicans,” he says.
She picks up the cordless phone on his nightstand and takes it around to her side of the bed. She sits down next to him and pulls her legs under her. He glances over at her just as she pushes the re-dial button on the phone. He freezes. He looks back at the television.
“Hello,” she says. “Trish?” She listens a moment. “Who is this?” Dale feels her look at him suddenly. “Is this Jennifer? Jennifer, is that you?” She is silent a few seconds and then presses the hang up button and looks at Dale.
Dale clicks across a few more channels and pretends to watch Gilligan’s Island.
“Were you talking to Jennifer while I was in the shower?”
“No,” he says.
“I just pressed re-dial and got her number,” Emmy tells him. “You were talking to her. Weren’t you?”
He is silent a few seconds. “You must have hit her speed-dial number by mistake,” he tells her.
34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 12
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