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The Short Form

“All of Me”

Manuel Gonzales

Excerpt

I like Barbara, but she is married.

That she's married isn't the reason why I haven't asked her out on a date.  A whole host of other problems stands in the way of my asking her out on a date, most of which I won't stoop to the discussion of as they seem fairly obvious.

The reason that it matters that she is married, the problem in the fact that she is married, why it's a problem at all, comes down to the simple fact that I am not that much more clever than the zombie in me.

By which I mean: “Eat his face” is what the zombie in me says when I am caught thinking about Barbara and the fact that she is married.

His face referring most obviously and unashamedly to her husband's face.

His name is Mark.

We read it in The Miniature Wife.