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Thank you Cal Marcius, for including my story in Spelk!

Spelk

by Sudha Balagopal

He walks into my yoga class with a black mat rolled up under his arm. My eyes are drawn to his toenails; they’re painted a deep, dark purple. A sleeveless tank reveals sculpted biceps, short shorts hug muscular thighs. His long hair is secured in a pony tail.

As if he wants to hide, he settles in a far corner by the wall.

A novice. And cute, I think, then tuck that thought away for later examination.

In a few minutes, Purple-Toenails removes his shirt and the thought is brought out for airing.

Guilt washes over me. I should be examining my recent broken relationship, analyzing how I chose so wrong.

“Inhale and exhale through the nostrils,” I instruct. “The mouth remains closed.”

The air comes gushing out of his nostrils like he’s been holding his breath. Already, I see beads of sweat on his forehead.

I’ve…

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Author: Sudha Balagopal

Sudha Balagopal's short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including Jellyfish Review, New Flash Fiction Review, New World Writing, Superstition Review and Gravel Magazine. She is the author of a novel, A New Dawn, and two short story collections. More at www.sudhabalagopal.com

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