Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Author:Charlotte McConaghy
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Flatiron Books

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“What are we doing today?”

Niall unties my wrists so I can roll over to face him.

“Don’t you have to work?”

“What’s the point?” he asks. “Nothing ever changes.”

I am surprised to hear this from him but I suppose I shouldn’t be; the other side of passion is melancholy, after all. Instead of reminding him that there is always a point to educating people I kiss him. We make love in the morning light, but I am tense with the memory of feathers and my wrists are sore, and I don’t feel close to him, I feel in bed with a man who recognizes none of the monstrousness I keep hidden.

Afterward he asks again what we’re doing.

“Anything you want,” I say.

“Really? You don’t have anything planned?”

“I’m off today.”

“I know, but there’s nothing outside work you planned?”

I look at him, frowning.

He laughs. “I heard you on the phone yesterday, arranging to visit someone in Doolin.”

“Were you eavesdropping? You creep!”

“It’s a small apartment.”

I make a face.

“So do you want to drive or will I?” he asks.

“What if I want to go on my own?”

“Then go on your own.”

I consider him, looking for a trap. He seems genuine, so I shrug and feign disinterest. “Come if you want, but you’ll probably be bored.”

He heads for the shower. “Boredom’s for the boring.”


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