Published by James Milsom
Copyright 2013 James Milsom
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Jeffrey watched the tiny bubbles popping, patternless, randomly, chaotically. Borne of a spider-webbed gas cylinder beneath the smoky pub. Infused with liquid in a cluster of glassy orbs, to each its end in a miniscule explosion, then nothing. The bubbles constituted the frothy, feeble barrier between the outside world and the beer in Jeffrey’s glass. They popped a few at a time, in threes or fours or fives, on this side of the glass and that. One would burst at the side of the glass nearest to him, and simultaneously another would burst on the opposite side. Before he’d had the opportunity to complete a count of the bubbles just passed, another few would burst.