Naked(1)The scissors slide easily through the thick denim of my favorite blue jeans, from ankle to waist, ankle to waist, as one leg then the other falls away. He slices up the middle of my thin cotton shirt like tissue paper, unwraps me, my pink Victoria’s Secret bra a final ribbon snipped and spilling to the ground, leaving me naked. Exposed.

Are you having trouble breathing? he asks with kind brown eyes.

A little, on one side, I whisper.

We’ll be there soon he says, gently placing an oxygen mask as the ambulance sirens rattle the warm evening air.


Nancy Stohlman’s books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, The Monster Opera, Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Photo credit: chiarezza

8 Responses to “Naked”

  1. Exposure is so frightening in all of its forms. Great job.

  2. robin says:

    Lovely piece, so sensual, and alive.

  3. Gretchen Tessmer says:

    While wandering around in the Monday morning fog, I randomly read this. It’s as if I’m walking down Main Street and somebody comes up and slaps me in the face. And then gives me a bouquet of wildflowers.

    Feelings. So many feelings.

  4. Steven Gowin says:

    More violation towards salvation. Paradox. Damn.

  5. Jayne Martin says:

    I can envision every single moment of this. Lovely work, Nancy.

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