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Always on my Mind


By Megan AndersonPublished 3 months ago 1 min read

I pay top dollar for the Elvis suit. She’s worth it. I knock – guitar in one hand, rhinestones glinting in the porchlight – and she greets me in a bathrobe. Perfect. She’s perfect. Right down to her dropped jaw. Adorable.

‘Don’t speak,’ I say, shimmying past her and falling to one knee on the flokati. I strum a few chords and go baritone.

Love me tend

My voice catches on the emotion. She’s feeling it too. She’s wide-eyed, clutching her robe to her heart, trembling. I’m nailing it. I knew the sight of my skinny arse in form-fitting white satin would sway her. The daily roses were a warm-up. The surprise visits to her workplace, the cologne-soaked letters, the parcels on her doorstep... all of it grist. This is the clincher. We’ll tell our grandkids this story someday.

I’m tackling that tricky barre chord in the bridge when the guy appears, also in a bathrobe. He’s not feeling it. He’s got me by the shoulder pads before I’m halfway through the chorus. A discordant clang bounces off the night as he hurls me and my six-string out the door.

I shrug. We belong together; she knows it. I grab the gasoline from the trunk of my Fiesta and slosh a heart shape onto her front lawn. She’ll love it. I maraca the matches. I strike a pose.


About the Creator

Megan Anderson

Loves a yarn. Draws a bit. Sings in the yard. Spells things the Australian way.

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  • Naveed4 days ago

    Hats off to your work! Keep it going—congrats!🥉

  • Zara Blume14 days ago

    This was so chilling. It broke my heart that she was trembling, and it enraged me that her stalker was so oblivious (or apathetic?) to what his behavior was doing to her. Well done.

  • Catsidhe16 days ago

    Funny and disturbing at the same time. Congratulations!

  • Naveed17 days ago

    Amazing job! Keep up the outstanding work—congrats!

  • I laughed the moment I read "Elvis suit" & remembered what was coming. Congratulations, Megan!

  • Babs Iverson17 days ago

    Congratulations on the win!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Cathy holmes17 days ago

    Great story. Congrats.

  • Caroline Jane17 days ago

    Congratulations! This one was my favourite!!! 🥰🥰

  • This was creeeeeepy! I wouldn't ever wanna be her!

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    Secret admirer turned stalker? Delusional either way? Yes. Lol, love this! Especially the way that we leave the woman’s reaction somewhat ambiguous, since she didn’t exactly close the door…Every word here is necessary; fantastic flash piece.

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