Bean sat perfectly still drawing shallow breaths into her hollow chest. Holding the pose of her still life in the vanity mirror, she held two shades of lipstick close to lips that sagged at the edges into a pout. The silver tubes glimmered like armour in the light. A splash of sun pooled next to the spot where the cat soiled the carpet last summer, extenuating the emptiness of the bedroom she once shared with David, her husband of fifteen years.
Robert K. Omura lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he practices law. He holds a BA in psychology and MA in history from the University of Calgary, and a LLB from Dalhousie University. He returns to his love of writing after a 15 year hiatus. He is active in education, law reform, the environment and the outdoors.