After Dark

Rhoda Huffey

“After Dark” is a new piece of flash fiction from Rhoda Huffey, available exclusively in Studio. (You can also read Huffey’s essay “No, No Thank You” by ordering a copy of our latest issue, Issue 124. That essay touches on how writers deal with opportunity and the cost of having “said no to some important things, things that may not sound important.”)

When the pigeon first appeared in my front yard, I noticed because he didn’t fly off immediately. He walked over to the jade plant by my front porch and contemplated the leaves of the succulent. My mind was full of other things at that moment: what to wear to that evening, did a man named
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