The chubby guy

sitting across from his girlfriend

is slowly eating his kale salad.

Beside the salad, is an open container

of… peaches I think,

considering the yellow wedge cuts.

They might be mangos.


She has already finished her salad

and is surfing her phone.

By the looks of the two

they just came from working out.

It is a gorgeous day.

Probably went on a hike.


He is gnashing on each bite of salad

like it’s the only food in the world

and his micro expressions never change.

I recognize the look.

The mangos are like candy and a dessert

which he doesn’t dislike,

but I can see he is just biding his time.

He wants a fucking burger.


She is a tiny little thing, hot as all hellfire.

She hops up from her phone smiling

and happily grabs the containers

leaving him to his mangos.

She walks away,

proud of him and of herself

for getting him to do the right thing.


I watch his face,

his dead eyes, and the slight frown

that arrives on every second bite,

forcing the completion of this chore.


At his first opportunity

he will be heading to a drive through.

He finishes more than half the mangos

before he quits,

calculating the most he would have to eat

to make her happy.


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