Approval, by Bruce Arbuckle

A blast of cold air announces her arrival. I shiver.

“Are you alright?”

Awkward. Do you tell your date your dead wife has materialised to check her out? I usually don’t, but tonight feels different. Taking a chance, I explain.

“Does she approve?”

Phantom lips touch mine, then she leaves.

A 50-word story written by Bruce Arbuckle, inspired by the Freewriters Writing Prompt on Hive, “a blast of cold air”

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