Coffee Drinks

Image of the top of a fancy coffee drink.Twenty-two, I was with my first lover, not college-girl exploring but the real deal. She was 28 and had an even older long-distance partner who was visiting, so we went out for coffee drinks. Playing just friends. I’d never had one before; it was divine, sweet Bailey’s flame searing night mocha, whipped cream-topped glass mug, shaved chocolate.

Her partner paid, magnanimous, husky and tanned, clueless or so it seemed. I was smug, silky, sitting back watching my lover managing. Later, when she cheated on me too, I called her partner, trying to commiserate. And that was some hot wet salt.

Cynthia Belmont is Professor of English at Northland College, in Ashland, WI. Her writing has appeared in diverse journals, including Slant, River Teeth, and Terrain.org.

Photo Credit: Chris Blakeley

 

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