Coffee Bean

coffee bean-1Pretty Asian girl asks if she can sit across from me. Yes. Her bangs almost cover her eyes. She steals glances. I’ve never stolen anything. Not even a candy bar. Condoms from the health center don’t count. I steal glances back. I lower my laptop screen. It’s been almost a year since I’ve gotten lai — Not important. Can I buy you a coffee? That’ll work. Here we go. Moment of tru— moment of boyfriend entrance. He bends down like a sauropod eating a plant. He kisses her sloppily right there across from me. I lied. It’s been almost two years.


Oren Peleg is an accomplished pickup basketball player and after-school babysitter. He lives in Los Angeles, writes screenplays, and cooks, always striving for al dente.


Photo credit: Pen Waggener


4 Responses to “Coffee Bean”

  1. Bamba says:

    This made me smile <3 Thanks! 🙂

  2. Nancy says:

    Loved this! So much said, and so complete, for 100 words!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Oh my gosh, I really got the giggles from reading this. Good story!

  4. LOVED IT! Poignant and touching and understood! Funny how powerful 100 words can be, huh!!!



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