Lost Tourist by Meg Pokrass

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It was her high school boyfriend who started the trouble. She was just sixteen. He suggested that she didn’t have a normally shaped vagina, his finger skittering around it like a lost tourist.

“You need to see a doctor. Find out why it isn’t opening,” he said.

“God, that’s embarrassing.”

He shrugged and turned on the TV. Animal Planet.

“That’s what doctors are for,” he said. “I can’t do much in there,. Not if it’s all sewn up.”

You could say that this was how things started with her mother’s landscaper. She was waiting in line to order a double mint-chip cone at McConnel’s, wondering what to do about her problem, and there he was, in line right in front of her.

He saw her too. Smiled. These days, men sprouted out of unlikely places, like weeds from invisible cracks in walls.

He pointed to his apartment complex, “I live right over there,” he said.

“You live near some very dangerous ice cream,” she said and he laughed. That night, she jogged over to his apartment.

“Thank you for such a pleasant distraction,” he said, letting her inside.

On Saturday, the boyfriend scratched himself like a flea-ridden dog on her beanbag chair.

“I wonder if we will ever try that again. I’m beginning to worry,” he said.

She closed her eyes, aware of her marvellous vagina.

“Don’t worry,” she said. She felt tired and happy. Sloppy and carefree. When she went to kiss him, his lips felt slippery, like a snail’s road home.

This is a sample story from Meg’s forthcoming flash collection, “The Dog Seated Next to Me” (Pelekinesis Press, 2019).  Here is an early review of the collection. The  link to pre-order the book is here. If you’d like to review this book, please e-mail the author and she will send you an advance copy.

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Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the author of five flash fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, and is the recipient of the Blue Light Book Award. Her work has been internationally anthologized in two Norton Anthology ReadersBest Small Fictions 2018 and 2019, the Wigleaf Top 50 List, and her work has appeared in over 350 literary magazines including Electric LiteratureCraftTin HousePassages NorthWigleaf and Smokelong Quarterly. She currently serves as Flash Challenge Editor at Mslexia Magazine, Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival, U.K. (Bristol) Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2020, and Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review.

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