The Law of Happiness and Divorce
Copyright Scott Norton 2012
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ONE − Nightshift and name tags.
Bailey Farren could feel his life slipping away. Working nights at a convenience store had taken weeks and turned them into years. The end of his second year was fast approaching, but on this night there was a break from his usual routine; he found one of his regular customers, a transient night stalker, tucked under a shelf trying to go unnoticed and get some sleep. She was like a final flourish to the chip display as she lay curled in a ball with her dirty toes protruding from her worn flannel nightshirt. She looked innocent. The flannel was stretched and disfigured as she tucked her knees inside to give warmth. Her dark hair fell towards her shoulders, the oiliness from days of neglect binding strands together.
"Excuse me," Bailey said softly.
The woman didn't move.