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He comes home too late, already exhausted. The thought of a warm bed is all that’s kept him going the past few hours.

Still, as he enters, he turns on the light – turns it off again – and on – and off – five times, so; touches his fingers against the door, thumb-little-index-ring-middle, right hand first, then left, then right again; locks the door, unlocks it, locks it again and twists the key twice.

In his mind, he knows that the ritual is meaningless.

In his heart, it’s all that keeps the bed he shares with his husband from burning as they sleep.
Written for Flash Fiction Month 2018, day 18. This year I'm also fulfilling a challenge by an anonymous contributor: Every character must be queer.

I've also been convinced to take on an additional challenge by joe-wright:
The All-Star challenge.
Over the course of FFM, your oeuvre must address the following items:
  • -Something somebody once told you
  • -The sharpest tool
  • -A finger and a thumb
  • -The shape of an L
  • -What does it mean to be 'fed to the rules'?
  • -A smart brain and a dumb head
  • -"You'll never shine if you don't glow"
  • -Definitive proof that all that glitters is in fact gold
  • -A shooting star that breaks the mold
  • -The meteor men, and the hole in the satellite picture
  • -Skating on thin ice
  • -The world on fire
  • -"Can you spare some change for gas?"
  • -An all-star, getting their game on, and going to play, or alternatively and perhaps easier, a rock star, getting the show on, and getting paid.
  • -Shrek
The rest of today's stories can be found here.

Wordcount: 100.

If you've enjoyed this story, you may be interested in the collection of all my FFM stories this year: Beyond Dreams. You may also enjoy my FFM collections from the previous four years: Borrowed Strength, Ephemeron, Palalgia, and Changeling.
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
:heart:
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018   Writer
small heart - black 
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squanpie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As long as his husband understands. Or at least, accepts. :aww:
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018   Writer
:nod:
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ilyilaice Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
What a perfect last line!
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018   Writer
Thank you! :D
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