Another Bee?

Another bee? Chriminy! Doesn't everyone freaking gaffe? Hell, I just keep losing--my Number One peeve. Question? Right, spell this ultra-verbose word: "xiphisternum." Yes? Zilch. 

It Happened This Way

Judith hated being late, especially when the reason was a parking lot fender bender. She and the other driver swapped curses and threats of litigation, and Judith walked into Everley's Computer Dating Service without five seconds of slack time.

Mr. Everley's smile was broader than ever. "I have the perfect date for you, Judith, simply perfect on all counts, and here he is!" On cue, a young man walked around a partition, a young man with wavy blonde hair, a dimpled chin, and a Porsche 911 with a badly crumpled front end.

That's how Mr. Everley got two black eyes.

© Robert Laughlin

BIO: Robert Laughlin attended CSU Sacramento and lives in Chico. Four of his poems appeared in the January 2010 issue of Eskimo Pie. Two of his short stories are MWA Notable Stories, and his novel, Vow of Silence, was favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly. His website is at