“Have you been a good girl this year?” the bleary-eyed Santa leered at the waitress, who only touched her baby face and gazed out the picture window; outside, a warmly lit phone booth reminded her that there wasn’t a person in the world who wanted to hear her voice, not even at this time of year.
Annie Berke is a popular culture scholar, a freelance writer, and the Film editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her fiction has been published in Pithead Chapel and the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. She lives in Maryland.
image: Lindsay Hargrave