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Flash Fiction Tuesdays - On Rules and Private Language by Ryan Ruby

Every week, we bring you a fresh, original 200-word story from one of of Legend's stable of exceptionally talented authors. This week we present On Rules and Private Language by Ryan Ruby, whose latest book The Zero And The One is out in March 2018. Follow us on twitter with #LegendFlashFic to share and comment.

The first thing she noticed when she returned home was that he hadn’t cleaned up. They had agreed upon rules—they would request permission beforehand, they would communicate their needs, they would take precautions and be safe—and, to her knowledge, he had followed them all, scrupulously. Neither of them had thought to discuss cleaning up, though. It didn’t seem relevant, and anyway, it was something he always did. She cooked, he cleaned: that was their arrangement, and had been, for almost seven years. His violation of the unspoken rule may have been perfectly innocent, but somehow it altered the meaning of all the spoken rules he hadn’t violated.

Evidently there had been a lot of drinking beforehand. They had used nearly every type of glass in the vitrine. Not even the ornate Old Fashioned glasses they had inherited from his parents, which they were too embarrassed to use and too embarrassed to throw away, had been spared the evening’s binge. She held one up against the garish light of the kitchen and examined the thick crystal rim. Which one of these, she allowed herself, despite her better judgment, to wonder, had touched lips that later touched her husband’s penis?   

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