Safety In Superficiality, by Bruce Arbuckle

She isn’t surprised when Ella doesn’t show. She flirted with friendships in her twenties, but sooner or later other people let you down. Not always on purpose, although some seem to take a perverse pleasure in the practice. She prefers superficial contact. It’s safer. She finishes her drink and leaves.

A 50-word story written by Bruce Arbuckle, inspired by the Freewriters Writing Prompt on Hive, “not surprising”

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