Now That's What I Call Alternative Literature


volume 1
volume 2


'UNTITLED 04' BY CHUCK YOUNG

This one’s called, BUYING A BOOK AT THE MALL FOR A WOMAN THAT YOU MADE OUT WITH A COUPLE OF TIMES

When I was 22, I made out with a woman in her 50s.

Twice.

We worked together and flirted hard on the regular for about a year.

The flirting was fun.

The making out was ok.

Her live-in boyfriend of 20+ years called our place of business once and I answered the phone.

After I handed it to her and she hung up, she said he asked who the schlong was who had answered.

She ended up finding out from my friend that I said it was like kissing my mom.

Or someone’s mom.

I think she was hurt.

When a person we both loved was murdered, we went to the mall together.

So I could buy her a book.

She brought me a coffee and I drank it on the ride.

It’s the only time I have ever drank a coffee.

Because I think coffee tastes fucking gross.

At the mall the fire alarm went off.

We took it as a sign.

Because that’s what you do after someone you love has just died.

_________________________

Chuck Young is a failed musician living in small town alcoholic America. He works a day job and edits at theNewerYork.

tags: Chuck Young