Plain Boxes

I dated Miranda (a fake name but not a fake person), the little swashbuckler, respondent to the slightest touch, a child in every conversation except for the one in which she broke it off, when her face froze with a look of sweet nostalgia like a kiwi lime pie, her freckles scattered from some amateur acupuncturist, Pomeranian hair, gray-steel eyes like a Black & White photo. “It’s you, not me, really,” she said. And she said it without laughing, without a huge plastic smile, without Barbie. She said it with a storeroom empty of guilt.
“What?” I asked, as sweaty as a basketball player in a Gatorade commercial.
“We’re done and you’ve got to get going,” she said. And just like that…