by Charles Harvey
A short short. Formerly titled The Handshake...
Ex-student and teacher meet by chance in a shopping mall. Things start off bad when the student refuses to give the teacher a hug. Inspired by Edward Albee's Zoo Story, the pupil's words are more potent than fists. He jabs and punches until his words drive the teacher to the brink of murdering him.
The conversation is poetic, raw, and brittle.