The two women sit over wine in those last weeks
of summer: before papers and classes and deadlines and committees.
I understand, says the dark-haired one, why she
Who? says her blonde friend.
That crazy astronaut woman who drove across the
country to confront the other girlfriend. I mean seriously. Who the
fuck else is she gonna date? Can you imagine her trying to get a
date at a bar or on eHarmony? She’s listening to some schmuck tell
her about going to Tempe for a big regional sales conference, and
when he lets her, she replies, yeah I just came back from space. I
mean, we think it’s hard to date now, what if there's only one guy,
and we had to do the space thing? Just imagine, the two of us, then?
Giggling, the blonde looks up. Yeah, she says,
Lorna Pérez is an Assistant Professor of
English at Buffalo State College where she specializes in Latino
Literature and multi-ethnic literatures of the United States. She
has creative pieces forthcoming in OtheRican: Voices of the
Greater Puerto Rican Diaspora (Aurora Levins Morales and Vanessa
Rosario, eds.) and critical work forthcoming in Between Worlds
(Deborah Poe and Ama Wattley,eds.)