Her schoolfriend texts, he’s an old man and he’s using you.
He’s my baby, she says, as prisms of light glance off her diamond ring onto the cloud white wallpaper.
Her friend says, look at it this way. If he had no money and you were ugly, what then?
That thought hangs in the air as he slides up beside her in their honeymoon bed. She admires the infinity pool outside and the vineyard beyond. He feels her up, then moves his hands towards her throat.
She swallows, then smiles.
There’s no way out. She doesn’t want one.
Tim Frank’s short stories have been published in Bourbon Penn, Eunoia Review, Maudlin House and elsewhere. He is the associate fiction editor for Able Muse Literary Journal.