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Over Easy

Mikki Aronoff

Leaving you was easy, like switching out shoelaces for Velcro or buttons for snaps. It was simple as replacing daisies—wilting in fetid water, drooping limp down the side of a vase, moaning for the earth from which they were plucked—with silk orchids that require only the occasional dusting. I waltzed to the mellow of French horns, inhaled the warmth of vanilla. My fingertips felt velvet; my tongue, heavy cream. When I bid you farewell, it was contagious. You had me at goodbye, you shouted, beaming from across the street, moonwalking your way home.

 Mikki Aronoff’s work appears in New World Writing, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Tiny Molecules, HAD, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, Gone Lawn, Mslexia, Switch, The Dribble Drabble Review, 100 word story, The Citron Review, Atlas and Alice, trampset, jmww, The Offing, and elsewhere. She’s received Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best American Short Stories, and Best Microfiction nominations.

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