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The Roles Women Are Forced To Play

A newly married housewife in the 1950's laments what she's given up for marriage, and discovers a book that may help her get it back.

Grace places the plate of eggs in the center of the table and wipes her hands on the apron protecting her dressing gown. As she hears her husband coming down the stairs, she reaches for the coffee percolator and fills his cup.

“Good morning, sugar.” John appears in the kitchen, leans over to peck her cheek, and takes his place at the table.

“Good morning, dear.” She smiles and turns back to the range to turn down the sizzling bacon.

“This looks delicious.”

She sets the plate and a brown paper bag on the table next to him.

“Tuna salad, your favorite.”

“Well, aren’t you just the best?” His eyes narrow and she sees he’s spotted the book resting at her spot on the table.

“Well, no wonder! You’ve been doing some reading. Wasn’t that a perfect wedding gift?”

“Absolutely, dear.” She picks up the book and hugs it to her chest, displaying the title, Everything the New Wife Needs to Know. 1953 Edition. She forces a smile.

When his plate is empty, his coffee drained, and his briefcase in hand, he heads to the door and turns to her. “Dinner at 5:30?”

“Yes, dear.”

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Allison Spooner

Allison Spooner brings worlds, characters, and stories to life in as few words as possible. In the last two years, she's published two books of short fiction; Flash in the Dark: A Collection of Flash Fiction and The Problem With Humans: And Other Stories. Allison’s writing crosses genres and has been compared to The Twilight Zone and Harlon Ellison.

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