After supper, they walked to the car and rode home silently. Kelly wanted to say something, but she didn’t know what. She wanted to make Lorn love her, but she didn’t know how. Love comes on its own time.
Home now, Kelly goes straight to bed and Lorn sits in his chair writing in his journal.
I think I hurt Kelly tonight, he wrote. I don’t know how to love such a beautiful woman.
William L. Alton was born November 5, 1969 and started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience and Breadcrumb Scabs among others. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published one book titled Heroes of Silence. He earned both his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he continues to live. You can find him at williamlalton.com.