Matthew and his sister throw Junior Mints at the movies. It’s their childhood ritual, a ritual recently reclaimed. Each calculates their target. With a careful flick of the arm, huddled in their seats, they let loose the weight of their lives. Matt’s high school tests. Nancy’s jobs, constantly shifting. Bartender. Video store clerk. It’s absurd. They need to laugh and throw candy through
the kaleidoscope of movies. The Hangover. The Hangover, Part II. Movies where people try to reclaim their inner children and lose. Matthew and Nancy need to laugh and respect their loss, throwing candy into that vast expanse.

Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. His short stories have been published in various journals including Monkeybicycle and Paper Darts.


Photo Credit: Al Case

One Response to “Candymen”

  1. Karen Lerner says:

    Keep throwing that candy, Matthew!

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