The Fall of Icarus
“Did you remember to pick up my dry cleaning on the way home?â? I asked, throwing myself bonelessly on to the sofa.
“It’s on the door,â? Tommy muttered, not bothering to look up from the television. I was surprised he even responded.
“Do you see that picture there, Lil? The one with the clouds, and the sea that goes on forever?â? Tommy asked me. “I’m going to take you there one day. Just you and me on that beach. Would you like that?â?
We used to be so in love. The kind of love where you’d stay up all night just to watch the new day begin. His smile could make me feel like I was the only woman in the whole world.
“And how we gonna get there Tommy? I don’t think the city bus’ll be too obliging.â?
The dreams went first, followed by the love. Slowly it degraded into comfortable cohabitation; a business relationship with vestiges of affection.
“For you darling, I’ll build us some wings.â?
I shut my eyes, imagining the droning of the television to be the rushing of a sea that goes on forever.