The Day After by Benjamin Husbands

The First Day:

My alarm sounds. I wake up at eight, but I don’t get up straight away. I check the time and I lay there for a second before I get out of bed. I shower, my music blasts. I look outside, it’s raining. I watch television for several hours. It finally stops raining so I take the dog for a long walk to get my steps up. I hate being inactive. On my walk, I see other people also walking. They cross the street when I come closer. My dog chases birds before he gets tired and bored. We walk home, nobody in sight. My house is empty. I cook myself some food, nothing special. I open a can of dog food and feed my dog. I have a beer, followed by another beer, and another. There’s nothing on TV now. I turn the TV off and pass out on my bed.

 

The Day After:

My alarm sounds. I wake up           but I don’t get up straight away.                      I lay there               before I get out of bed. I shower, my music blasts.                 it’s raining. I watch television                    It finally stops raining so I take the dog for a      walk                     I hate being inactive. On my walk, I see       people      walking. They cross the street                     My dog chases birds before he gets tired and bored. We walk home                   My house is empty. I cook myself some food, nothing special. I open a can of dog food and feed my dog. I have a beer, followed by another beer, and another. There’s nothing on TV      I                    pass out

 

The Day After:

My alarm sounds. I wake up               I don’t get up                                     I lay there                                       I shower                                   it’s raining.                                       It        stops raining so I take the dog for a      walk                                                        I see       people                                          I come closer. My dog                        gets           bored. We walk home                       house is empty.                           nothing special. I open a can of dog food and feed my dog. I have a beer, followed by another beer                                       I                     pass out

 

The Day After:

My alarm sounds. I wake up             I don’t get up                                                             I lay there                                                                 I shower                                                           it’s raining.                                                                    It        stops raining so I take the dog for a      walk                                                                                                    I see       people                                                                             I come closer. My dog                                            gets           bored. We walk home                                      house is empty                                                    , nothing special. I open a can of dog food and feed my dog. I have a beer, followed by another beer                                                                             I                                     pass out

 

The Day After:

I don’t get up

 

I take the dog for a      walk

 

We walk home,                                                                                                                                                     I                            feed my dog. I have                                                                                                                 nothing             I                     pass out

 

The Day After:

                                      I don’t get up

 


Benjamin Husbands is a short fiction writer based in North Yorkshire. Notable works include: Fresh(er), Tufts of Grass and Mister Indie. Each of these centre, to varying degrees, on themes of apathy, dislocation and longing. Husbands honed his craft during four years of study in Newcastle and Manchester, where he obtained a BA and MA in history.

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