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The Next Morning
By  Amber Tamblyn

The next morning, she was gone. He woke to a smoked chimney, barren bottles of Blanton’s and an ashtray with a bouquet of butts. The room swallowed. It choked for her. He studied the wooded walls, the leather beneath him, the way the dawn snuck its clutched fists around his and kissed. The corners of the room remembered everything. There is where she put on his favorite records, his favorite shirt, his favorite smell. Simone, charcoal grey, hints of spruce. There is where she threw the party, threw the plate, threw him out.  Engagement, enragement, estrangement.

He stepped out into the wildness of his life as the trees whispered in each other’s ears when they saw him. Even the deer came closer. He still wore the gold chain she won him at the state fair, a sparkling scar. That woman had a way with targets. He, a bullseye. What a bullseye you’ve been, Marcus He said to himself as he strapped the helmet on, his motorcycle humming beside him. His jeans slid into its seat, his beast. His other woman, no longer other. He drank the fumes of his motorcycle, his chasing past and the road ahead. Tomorrow, she would still be gone.

A tender thing: saying good morning to goodbye.

 

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MODEL:  Jamahl Thompson

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUY AROCH - HAIR BY DJ QUINTERO - MAKEUP BY KANAKO TAKASE - STYLING BY BLAKE LIVELY

 

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