i knew i’d know when i knew

I held it in place with my tongue until I’d located the airport’s security checkpoint and then I bit down into it, checking the watch on my left hand and beginning to kick off my shoes.

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smothered, covered, capped

“It’s in here,” I said out loud, moving slowly and straining to see things. I felt linoleum underfoot, saw triangular patterns painted onto the floor.

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it’s too soon to choose

“I’d like to keep getting to know you,” I said cautiously, and I heard him sigh on the other end of the line. My room was dark now, my head on my pillow already. “I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear you say that,” he said quietly.

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