I Can Fly

Sherri Cornelius

Copyright 2013 by Sherri Cornelius

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I Can Fly

If I was right, Edith was the girl of my dreams. “I can fly,” I told her in the hospital cafeteria. I expected the standard response: uncertainty, followed by a slug on the arm to tell me she was in on the joke. I’d laugh along, as usual, and wait until the next likely candidate came along. Despite what I’d heard of Edith I didn’t expect my admission to be met with a beading brow and darting eyes.

She gripped the edges of the table and leaned in. “Are you kidding me, Warren?”

Okay, she was taking me seriously; proceed with caution. “Do you think I’m kidding?”

Edith’s eyes welled up and she stood, poised on flight herself. “Oh, I get it.” She smoothed and snapped out the wrinkles in her scrubs. “Gerald Hopkins put you up to this, didn’t he?”

“Hopkins? No—” I put my hands up to ward off her anger. It didn’t work. All I could do was sputter as she snatched up her lunch tray.

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