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“Do you have a mask?” she asked.

“Yeah,” he said, getting up to pull a wolf mask out of a small closet partially obstructed by a bookshelf.

She waited on the itchy yellow couch.

The sickly green-white mask sagged in his hand. “I got it for a halloween party my friend had a few years ago, but I ended up going as a cowboy instead.” He moved to hand it to her.

“Put it on,” she said looking up at him.

The movie they’d set up on his laptop was looping on the opening screen. The same song plucked away and the male lead was already going grey—so early in his career—except for a pair of dark brown eyebrows. The word Play was outlined in yellow.

He pulled the elastic strand behind his head, flipped off the overhead light, and sat next to her in the DVD illumination. The fangs glowed in the half-dark. He put his hand on her knee and laughed through a hole the size of a tic tac.

She smiled and leaned back into the couch. He started to pull the wolf’s drooling mouth away from his own, to take off the mask. “No—” she said, pressing the face back down, “it’s easier this way.”

Tatiana Ryckman was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

*Tin House is now accepting flash fiction (under 1,000 words) for FLASH FRIDAYS. Please send to theopenbar@tinhouse.com with FLASH FRIDAY as your subject line.

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  1. ladygasm says:

    i would be busy again accomplishing some household decors this coming christmas, i’d be buying some new decors for the season’

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  8. Connie Sewer Ovlit says:

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Just in time for trick or treat….which will it be…I think its a set up for a trick…what do you think.

  10. P.E. Garcia says:

    Here is my well-educated review of this piece: I wanna get this tattooed on my knuckles, and while the ink is still fresh, I’ll punch people in the face so the story shows up on their cheeks.I’m not sure that’s how tattoos work, but even if it isn’t, this piece needs to written on the faces of everyone you meet.

  11. Adam Love says:

    Itchy Yellow Couch. That is all, folks. Fabulous.

  12. Rimas Blekaitis says:

    What Mr. Geoghegan-Clements said (and if he isn’t a literature professor, he should be) and also:

    what a cool use of colors, sickly green, itchy yellow, grey, brown – it definitely brings the piece to life.

  13. Charlie Geoghegan-Clements says:

    Such great tension in so few words, and so many implications. The sagging, the looping, the flipping and drooling, and then the pressing. So much effing well done.

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