SCREENSHOT

April 22, 2017

I’ve been sort of seeing this guy on and off for a few years now. My phone lights up — the little Snapchat ghost trapped in its yellow square.

 

On.

 

I swipe it open and watch his square jaw crack out whispered words in a ten second spurt.

 

Off.

 

I balance life and death in my right hand while my left hand grips my steering wheel. Front-facing camera: on. Phone tilted to a flattering angle. Ten seconds of over-emoted lip-syncing that Fifth Harmony song on the radio. I didn’t flail my head around enough to stretch out my flubby chin.

Delete.

 

Take two. “Give it to me I’m worth it.” Dance break. “Uh huh, I’m worth it.” I hit a red Light. Harder dance break. Timer: off.

 

I review my silliness. Smoulder: off. Chins in check. Send.

 

He tells me how cute I am. I almost rear-end a red Dodge Grand Caravan with a “Baby on Board.”

 

 

At night we stay up late. Two time zones stretch between us. I have to be at work in five hours, he in three. We’re still talking. Underwear: off. Romance: on.

 

Ghost icon. Swipe. Ten seconds of his perfect body splayed on a five-inch screen. I reciprocate, stretched out across my mattress so my every ripple is flattened out. I imagine his skin, drag my fingers across my shoulders like they were his.

 

Smoulder: on.

 

Ghost. Swipe. Ten more seconds of the perfect, fleshy angles he wants me to see — I’m sure there are parts of him he’s hiding too: a crooked nostril, a tilted ear.

 

Reciprocate again — and so on and so forth until one of us falls asleep on the other. Off.

 

A relationship in the Digital Age: on.

_________________________________________________________________________

Spencer Knight is a writer in Edmonton, Alberta — but don't tell a lot of people because he is not equipped to deal with the pressures of celebrity. He's currently a digital copywriter for FaBLOOMosity by day, and he's aching out a draft of his first book by night. His story "Screenshot" is the third prize winner in the flash CNF category of our inaugural Short Forms Contest. 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
FEATURED POSTS

November 30, 2017

November 6, 2017

Please reload

ARCHIVE
Please reload