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Do you have everything? It’s all in the drawer. That’s good. You don’t see days like this very often. The first man gets up and moves to the bathroom. Only a clear glass wall stands between the two. He turns on the sink faucet. He washes his hands and face. The room is immaculate.

I cleaned the house before I left. There’s a note on the fridge. What does it say? “Sorry about the mess.” Both men begin laughing. The more they laugh the more heartily they laugh. Time passes. The

first man comes out of the bathroom. His cheeks are wet. The room is darker now. The sounds of children fade. The sun has begun setting. They pause and look at one another. What time is it? Nearly five. We should be heading out soon. You really don’t see days like this very often. The first man sits down on the couch and takes a cigarette out of his pocket, crumpled and worn. He dries his cheeks with his sleeve and unbuttons the cuffs. As he lights it the second man stands and pours himself another drink. He closes the drapes. Only an orange, diffuse light remains. So this is what it feels like. Yeah. Not exactly what I had expected. Bigger, stronger, more. It’s all so definite now. We’re about to become men. The second man reaches into the drawer and pulls out a small black box. He moves to the couch and places the box on the coffee table. He falls into the seat. You’re sure we haven’t forgotten anything? I’m not really sure there’s anything to forget. It’s all so big. I mean… I just want to make sure… We’ll be fine. Everything in its right place, right? Yeah. Everything in its right place. The sun sets. Only the unremitting noise of evening traffic breaks the silence. The cigarette goes out. The men sit in darkness. Time passes.

Joseph DeSimone is 20, young: a child, really. He has left two schools on good terms, one more favorable than the other, and was ejected from another forcefully. Time Passes is the first of his works to be published, for which he is thankful, and by which he is confused. He currently lives in Manhattan, NYC, and hopes to move elsewhere when finally finished with college.

Profile for Burner Magazine

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

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