15-Minute Wait for the Results MAG

By Emily Broderick, New Market, MD

Skinny bird legs lying next to mine.
The one rubbing my thigh is tapping
up and down and up and down
because you are nervous about something.
Your finger, the one with the big red plastic ring,
is tapping on the peeling dark veneer rhythmically.
Tap-a-tap-a-tap-tap-tap-tap-a-tap
Your other hand is so clammy.
Like a turtleneck on a hot day,
like a wet turtleneck on a humid day.
The salmon-colored plastic sticks to my upper arm
in the small space between us on this love seat,
peeling away from my skin when I shift
with a sticky sound. Ouch.
There’s a rip, all jagged with
school bus-colored foam poking out.
Your nails are digging in,
as short as they are.
You are so afraid.
My nails are digging into your hand as well –
I can see the red-lined moons standing out plain as sight.
What was that old saying?
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight?
Or was it take warning?
Does a moon make the night red?
I ask you out loud, you laugh,
this queer little laugh
that isn’t a laugh at all.
Not really.
And you say it’s the first.
So we should delight and dance together like
we were doing just last week under that
tacky disco ball.
The door opens with a creak that reminds me
of an old haunted house. It’s all meant to scare.
The doctor walks in – shuffles really – lab coat knocking against his knees.
He’s kind-looking and old. Like a grandfather. Or uncle. Or something.
He moves past us.
Sits at his desk.
Pulls on his glasses – his eyes look so big.
Pulls out a manila folder.
Opens it.
Turns the page. Again. Again.
Licks his lips.
Takes glasses off – his eyes are small once more.
His chin rests on his folded hands.
Pensive.
“The test was positive.”
Your grip tightens, my grip tightens.
Many red moons across our hands.



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-Kal- GOLD said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 11:57 pm
-Kal- GOLD, Carthage, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and recieves the impossible"
-Anonymous

i agree with courtney. what exactly are we talking about here???

jmc.13 said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 8:35 pm
jmc.13, Dobbs Ferry, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"I'd rather regret what I did than what I didn't do."

really gripping, enchanting even. amazing description. and though i feel you should keep writing, i am not going to end this comment with a cliche and stupid 'Keep it up!' like everyone else because that's stupid. i'm babbling. goodbye!

Joyce101 said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 5:45 pm
omg what's going to happen. I've got to know!!

adriana said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 5:24 pm
I took it right away as if someone was waiting with her boyfriend waiting to find out if she was pregnant. It was very involvoing and i felt myself wanting to read faster to know the results very good. You just need to clarify what the wait is for. On the other hand it does give the reader some space to use their imagination :) yea i contradict myself.

on Mar. 15 2009 at 7:04 pm
Toxic_Wasteland PLATINUM, Andowver, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life... It Goes On."~Robet Frost

wait what was positive... is someone preganant, cancer??? what????




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