Wine and Cheese with Alexi and Natasha

Last night in my apart­ment, I heard Natasha through the thin walls, “Nyet! Nyet!” Today I stare at her black eye when we have wine, whiskey and cheese as we do every month.

"You like my wife?" Alexi asks.

Natasha was wet-eyed like a pup­py behind the glass of a pet store and he was the first man that want­ed to take her home after high school. A month lat­er they were in Flori­da, a place where the screen door blew off after each storm. Twen­ty years of fight­ing lat­er she works an old drill and a can of put­ty, rig­ging the damned thing back into place until next time. Her life is the sur­ren­der­ing sun­set, sink­ing and falling into the ocean.

I pre­tend I didn’t hear Alexi. “Bring me more wine,” he barks to Natasha. As he waits he stuffs two  cubes of cheese into his mouth. I decide I’m not going to stand com­plete­ly still. Her lip begins to quiver the same way it does when she comes against my mouth. Alexi breaks his wine glass against the counter. He charges and my feet stay planted.

Tim­o­thy Gager is the author of sev­en books of fic­tion and poet­ry. He lives on www​.tim​o​th​y​gager​.com.

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