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Richard Melendez is the Managing Editor for Abstract Magazine, and his writing credits also include INhonolulu Magazine, InsideOut Hawaii, Where Guestbook, and Pacific Business News. His short story “Inertia” will appear in the upcoming Bamboo Ridge #104. He is a Puerto Rican by blood, a Long Islander by birth, and has called Hawai‘i home for over 20 years.

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Tied Down and Out

Published by RICHARDMELENDEZ | Monday, September 17, 2012 2:48 AM


100 Words


     “You couldn’t leave if you wanted.” She punctuated that with a dish hurled at my head. Then a glass. Then another dish. An angry ellipsis of cheap kitchenware from Pricebusters.
     “Where you gonna go?” She searched for something else to throw. “Awilda? Ku’uipo? No one else gonna put up with your crap.” The houseplant! “You damaged goods, brah.” A comet tail of soil darkened the air before terracotta met my forehead.
     I came to with her crying over me. “I'm sorry, William. I'm so sorry.”
     She was right, though. I wanted to leave. But there I was, wiping her tears.



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Rhonda Arnold - Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:13 PM.


Like, "The houseplant!" as it conveys a larger thought than those two words. Also like your use of italics, as though he's exclaiming it in his head.


richardmelendez - Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:38 PM.


Thank you! :-)

larabritt - Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:05 AM.


How common that the abused is called to comfort the abuser...love the comet image. Mahalo, Rich.

appleblossum - Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:00 AM.


I love this, Rich!! Tons of imagery and story conveyed in so few words. So well done.