Tears in the Fabric of Us

(After Kate Chopin)

Her plan had always been to outlive him. She was from a generation where you hunkered down and picked up the broken dishes, kept a smile on your face for the kids, then busied yourself with clubs that were filled with women who were doing the same.

They’d never been compatible, always trying to avoid a third rail that triggered one interminable argument. Even as she approached her 52nd anniversary, she prayed for freedom.

Early that morning, she woke to find he’d died in his sleep. Everyone assumed her flood of tears was from grief.

She was fine with that.

Ran Walker is the author of twenty-four books. He is the winner of the 2019 Indie Author of the Year and 2019 BCALA Fiction Ebook Awards. He teaches creative writing at Hampton University and lives with his wife and daughter in Virginia. He can be reached via his website, ranwalker.com. Twitter: @ranwalker.