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He finally lets go of her mouth and she presses her fingers to her jaw. She stands up and looks at Lyle as if he was the one who hurt her, tricked her. She runs out of the room and Lyle walks to the doorway and watches her run, run down the hall past the board rooms, past the secretaries' cubicles, past the reception desk and headed toward the glass doors and into the world, into the trouble, the tricks and the lies and the suggested desires. He wants to shout: Goodbye! Goodbye! But instead he turns to his colleague and says, "You better go bring her back," and then he follows her trail through the office, heading home to his daughter where he'll act like a repo man and muster the courage to take his own advice.
Kaui Hart Hemmings, copyright 2009, from her forthcoming story collection How To Party with an Infant. Hemmings is the author of a collection of stories, House of Thieves, and a novel, The Descendants. Her novel has been published in five other countries and is currently in development with Fox Searchlight. She lives in Hawaii.