Sunbath

A newly published short story of mine:

Sunbath

By Thomas J. Hubschman

“Which would you go back to? If you were forced to choose. Which of the two?”

c. 1700, author: Kim Traynor

The sun had so warmed the room that even naked he felt uncomfortable. She, who got a chill when others were going about in T-shirts, seemed to feel just right. He sometimes told her she was part reptile, only fully mobile after she had reached a body temperature well above what was adequate for warm-blooded creatures. But at the moment she looked very mammalian indeed, her pink skin traced with pale veins and selectively sprinkled with freckles and discreet moles. Propped up on one elbow, she could be the older sister of the woman who had lain beneath him a few minutes ago. But instead of drawn tight to her jawline, the flesh now gathered slackly to one side of her face. Her breasts, no longer spread hemispheres, strained earthward like weighted sacks.

“It’s an impossible question,” he said, fighting a keen urge to close his eyes.

“Why impossible? Just imagine you had to go back to one or the other.”

He knew what his response had to be as soon as she spoke, herself full of mischievous energy after their sunny lovemaking. Above all, his answer had to be plausible, even true if possible, the truth one told a woman being of a different kind than what one told a friend or even one’s child. But woman-truth was also the most difficult, bearing the dual burden of not being a lie and yet never being what the woman did not want to, or must not, hear.

“I wouldn’t go back to either one….”

Read the rest of “Sunbath” at:

http://www.eclectica.org/v22n1/hubschman.html

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About Thomas J. Hubschman

Thomas J. Hubschman is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Song of the Mockingbird, Billy Boy, Father Walther’s Temptation, The Jew’s Wife & Other Stories and three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Posted on February 12, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reading this story was fascinating. It has the ring of a fictionalized true story. Which I suppose is true of all good fiction.

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