By Sonya Rhen
Michael was sitting at his computer.
Ann came in behind him.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“I’m trying to write,” Michael answered without looking up at her.
“Am I bothering you?” Ann asked coyly.
Michael breathed out heavily through his nose.
“What are you writing about?” she asked, when he didn’t answer.
“I guess that’s the trouble.”
“You should write about Vampires,” Ann suggested, “or zombies.”
“They’ve been done to death,” Michael couldn’t help saying.
“Me!” Ann repeated.
“That’s not much of a title,” she read over his shoulder.
“I haven’t thought of one yet.”
“What’s so crazy about it?”
Michael picked up the cup of coffee sitting on the desk next to his computer.
“Is that coffee?” Ann looked at the cup closely.
Michael raised his eyebrows at her.
“Whatever,” she continued,
He thought about the picket fence that ran along the front face of the house.
Michael felt Ann swirling the hair on top of his head with her finger.
She whispered in his ear, “I could help you brainstorm.
He chuckled at her Natasha Fatale impression.
He looked at her pouty face and sighed.
He wanted to write something exciting, maybe a mystery or thriller.
“You’ve never been anywhere foreign,” Michael reminded her.
“It’s fiction,” Ann said, “I could be whatever you wrote me to be.
Michael didn’t even notice the crinkles in his forehead forming at that suggestion. He gave a non-committal, “Hm.”
“A ghost story!” Ann breathed with excitement.
“Ghosts are so trite,” Michael said without thinking.
“Oh!,” Ann exclaimed.
Michael felt a stab of regret at the sound of her voice.
He turned back to the computer in front of him, even though he knew it would be too late.
“Stupid full moon.”
About The Author
Sonya Rhen is an author of science fiction, poetry and other fiction books. She was born, raised and still resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. She also shares her home with two dogs, two cats and a lonely catfish.
She tries to add humor to her writing whenever she can. “Space Tripping With the Shredded Orphans” is her debut novel and the first book in her ‘Shredded Orphans’ series. For more information, visit Sonya’s website at http://sonyarhen.wordpress.com