September 16, 2019 3:00 PM
The Longing (15)
We open our columns to talented new voices, who can send in (short) stories.
This one is a short story by Eduardo Riccardo. It was some 30 pages he said, but now he tells us 'it would be more something like 50, even 60'. Hm. Okay. Only because we pity guys living on goat's milk and mountain herbs.
We publish it the old fashioned 19th century way: episodically.
“What are you searching for, Ben?” He turns around. She’s standing next to the door, against the wall.
“Why, y- you…” he stammers.
She swaggers towards him. Three, four steps? Suddenly she’s standing in front of him. “You didn’t lose your tongue, did you?” Before he knows what’s happening she’s put her right finger behind his ear, draws a line till under his chin. She knows it drives him crazy. It did years ago. Some things never change.
“Well? Don’t hear anything…”