profile-1She slid the iPad across the counter so fast he had to catch it.

“What’s the matter?” An all-too-familiar Facebook profile glowed up.

“Who is she?”

Before he could speak, she repeated “WHO IS SHE?” That manic edge that, he knew, no meds could dull.

“Honey, please. Please.”

Her eyes flared, teeth gnashed. Once upon a time, he’d loved her wildness. Her craziness.

“Why are you SMILING? ARE YOU LAUGHING!” She slid backwards down the wall. “Why? Why? Why?”

He took the iPad and slid down next to her.

“Honey, look.” His fingers enlarged the image. “It you. It’s you.”

Andrew O. Dugas has had work published in Instant City, LITNIMAGE, Mixer, the SoMa Literary Review, and many other places. His novel Sleepwalking in Paradise was published by Numina Press in June 2014. There is a fair to middlin’ chance he’s mailed you a haiku on a postcard.

Photo credit: Dan Taylor-Watt

15 Responses to “Profile”

  1. Alex Clark says:

    Thanks for sharing more info!

  2. Bill Adler says:

    Delightful, fun, and familiar. There’s a lot of punch in so few words.

  3. Mueleski says:

    I think I know her!

  4. Lori Lipsky says:


  5. Gordie Finnegan says:

    so good

  6. Gordie Finnegan says:


  7. Shelley says:

    I LOVE this! So good. It made me smile.

  8. Sonya says:

    Great story!

  9. Liz worthy says:


  10. Peggy Bilbro says:

    Perfect 100 word gem!

  11. Tony Press says:

    Pitch perfect.

  12. Missy Stein says:

    Love a story of empathy. Go Andy

  13. Sierra Lewis says:

    Reminds me of these people I know… Me and my husband.

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