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Sweet as Candy: A Novel in Verse

By @Madison


Should be

Would be

Could be

Levi starts the car back up

Before I can spend time stewing in my second thoughts.

This is probably for the best

Considering how many second thoughts I’ve already had today.

Trying my best not to overthink it

I direct him back to my house

Able to name every twist and turn

With my eyes closed

Or my hand in the Junior Mints box.

Between my navigation

Levi asks me every question in the Good Guy handbook

Almost too attentive

For me to question his motives.

One after another

He crosses off every inquiry

Applicable to the situation.

“Are you comfortable?”

“Is there anything else I can do for you?”

“Are you okay?”

To my relief

He omits ‘do you want to talk about it?’

Which I definitely do not want to do.

Considering that Izzy should be leaving the client’s house for the clinic in less than an hour

I already have one conversation to dread.


We arrive at the house effieciently enough

For me to think up a plan.

Levi parks in the driveway

And opens my door for me.


We walk together to the front door.

Levi watches as I unlock the door

And push it open.

An awkward silence settles between us

Allowing a voice in the back of my mind to speak up

And tell me that I’m not quite ready to be alone yet.

I turn around

To find Levi lingering behind me

His hands stuffed in his pockets

As he prepares for our goodbyes.

Though I know what he expects

That’s not what I give him.

“You can come in, you know,” I say.

“It’s not like you can get me any more pregnant.”

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