FarFetchedFables No 157 Michael McGlade

“Another Beginning” by Michael McGlade

(Originally published in Shimmer #29.)

The Real Beginning

Ógán loses Niamh to his best friend Malachy. Ógán and Niamh had been high school sweethearts, and the three of them had been inseparable -- the Three Blind Mice.

Ógán stumbled onto this scene: the affair in full swing, the pair of them at it like otters in his best friend's bed (he'd seen a documentary about how otters held hands when they slept -- but this right now was absolutely not cute). Ógán had been let inside by a still-stoned flatmate, the squawking pair growing louder as he raced down the long, cement hallway toward that familiar sound -- knowing it was Niamh behind the locked bedroom door, his teeth zinging like when foil shorts out your fillings.

Some things can never be un-seen.

Michael McGlade is a freelance writer living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has more than 80 short stories published in such journals as the Saturday Evening Post, Hennessy New Irish Writing, Shimmer, Ares Magazine,... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy