I saw a down-and-out reading a book in the park. Men and women in black uniforms fell on him: ants devouring a moth.
That night I sleepwalked to the local library. Barefoot over sharp rubble. Picked up a trashy romance that had escaped the burn: Love Conquers All.
“I had to prise it from your fingers.” Daisy puts on black clothes and hugs me.
The photo of us on Venice Beach, after I proposed, leaves a dark silhouette on the album page. I tuck it into my breast pocket.
I leave in secret. Daisy will have told them by now.
Author bio: Angela Williams, who writes as Susan Carey, lives in Amsterdam where she teaches English as a second language and writes stories in between the more important jobs of dog-walking and dreaming of worldwide renown. She has had short stories and flash fiction published and performed by amongst others; Mslexia, Liars' League, Stringybark Publishing, Writers Abroad, Reflex Fiction, Flash Flood Journal and Casket of Fictional Delights.
Derelict is part of 101 Fiction issue 24.