The dining room is laid with paper cloths and napkins. In my pocket, the stone slips between my fingers, the surface smooth and cold. I found it in the garden as I shuffled along the path. I think of Laura and her mellow gaze, her eyes watching my mouth as she tries to understand the words that I dribble. I place the distorted heart on the table where she sits, a stone love letter.
This 75-word short story (including title) was first published by Paragraph Planet, 23 January 2012. Website: http://www.paragraphplanet.com