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Randy's hand shook just a little, knowing the deadline he was up against. He jammed the key into the deadbolt and twisted. He had less than an hour to get his apartment cleaned up spick and span, ready for his Mama's biweekly visit.
Spick and span. Mama came to check on him regularly -- make sure he ain't gettin' himself in no trouble, she'd say -- and she expected the place to be spick and span when she arrived. Spick and span.
Randi raised her hand to the apartment door, paused for a moment and then let it fall. After the way she had treated Wanda yesterday, she felt she at least owed her an apology, but Randi couldn't seem to summon the strength to even knock. If only mother weren't so infuriating with her weekly visits, always coming to check up on Randi, then she might have had a moment to think -- think about what she wanted, and not always about what Mother thought was best.
Randi stood wiping her hand on the leg of her jeans before plunging it into her pocket to stop the shaking. She wanted to turn around and run back to the safety of her own apartment, but the part of her stomach that knotted up every time she thought about Wanda's face yesterday told her it was the wrong thing to do, the coward's way out.
The characters Randi and Wanda, from If At First You Don't Succeed, but painted on the science fiction backdrop of an off-world colony.
Published by Flash Fiction Magazine on June 13th.
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