January Flash Fiction: One Of Those Affairs by Joseph Reich

One Of Those Affairs  

Joseph Reich

At the out-of-town, out-of-town convention is where they meet

while their fellow cut-throat androgens play business games

and exercises to test character, trust, integrity, and loyalty

blindly falling backwards into each others arms

standing face to face to see how comfortable

they feel with specific distances and space.

When they are telling their sadistic inside jokes

about having taken advantage of clients, quotas, and tax codes

two nondescript brokers deliberately not well-known manage

to slip out into the hall.

Having secretly escaped it all, all you see in their very silent, plush hotel room

is makeup, medication, “Hello My Name Is…”

When they strip off their clothing they do so to rid themselves

of their identities, their realities, their suburbs, the states where they are from.

How they perform and get intimate is done through an opposite dynamic and function

as desperately, perversely, want to really get to know each other so go backwards

from pillow talk to climax to orgasm to build-up to arousal to seduction

to when their eyes originally met from across the ballroom.

Feelings cannot be hurt ‘cause they stopped feeling ages ago.

Their room has a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful desertion of days and seasons.

Of anonymity.

They check-out separately…



Joseph Reich is a social worker who lives with his wife and eleven year-old son in the high-up mountains of Vermont. He has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad and been nominated six times for The Pushcart Prize.