GREETINGS

by DAN CRAWLEY

He enters the break room while she leaves. It’s time to screw up your courage, he tells himself. “Hey,” he says. “Wheat,” she says and walks on. “Hey,” he says again. “Wheat,” she says again over her shoulder. She smirks before ducking into her cubicle. What just happened? He can’t help but feel like the flat soda from the fridge. In his cubicle, he realizes her droll greeting in regard to his greeting. His fascination piques even more since landing this new job. “Wheat,” he says brightly into her cubicle. She swivels in her chair, grins. “Hey,” she says brightly.

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DAN CRAWLEY is the author of Straight Down the Road (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019) and The Wind, It Swirls (Cowboy Jamboree Press, 2021). His writing appears or is forthcoming in Jellyfish Review, Lost BalloonJMWW, Five SouthAtticus Review, and elsewhere.

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