J is for Justification

J is for Justification

“Do you have a minute?” The acid in my stomach churned and rolled after I asked Devin the question. I wished I could take it back. Maybe I’ll ask him about something else instead. No! A voice cried out in my head. Not again. Every time you try to ask him, you back down. Not this time!

His eyes didn’t leave the screen. His tone was flat. Dead. “What?”

I couldn’t help but try to see what other tabs were open on the screen. He’d been getting careless lately. I grabbed the second office chair hoping it would prompt him to look at me. It didn’t. “I, um, wanted to talk to you about the uh,” I left it unsaid. Maybe he’d fill in the blank?

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