Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room…we need to talk about the elephant in the room, she said, after the long silence between sips of tea, which felt like an eternity.

What elephant, he asked, looking up from his book?

That elephant!

He looked where she was pointing, and in corner of the kitchen stood a fully grown elephant. The elephant stood facing them and as he and the man locked eyes, the man’s first thought was that the creature looked somehow familiar. They had a decent sized kitchen but the pachyderm took up nearly a third of it and he couldn’t believe he’d failed to notice it.

How long has that fucking thing been there?!

Come on now, she said. You’re not going to pretend you haven’t noticed it.

Of course I didn’t! Don’t you think I’d of said something? How long has it been there?

How long? Hmm, I don’t even really know, a couple of weeks, maybe even a month or two now that I think about it.


Well I mean it’s not like the type of thing you mark on the calendar, she said. She looked down into her cup of tea and said softly, I don’t like thinking about it.

Oh. Well, okay honey, let’s just forget it’s even there, and until we can get it all straightened out we’ll just have to pretend everything is as it should be.

How long…

Until it is again.

Yeah, I suppose that’s probably for the best.

The elephant made a snorting noise and stomped a foot. Neither the man nor the woman paid it any mind.

The man’s phone began to buzz on the table, he looked at it, then silenced it. She asked who it was and he said it was nothing, then shut it off.

The elephant stomped its foot and seemed to clear its nose and throat all at once. It appeared restless.

No, she asked again, who was that?

Hm? Nobody, just work and there’s no way I’m going in today. He reached his hand across the table and rested it on hers. This is our day.

She knew it wasn’t work. She wasn’t sure she cared anymore.

Oh, alright, she said. So then what do you want to do?

No idea. Whatever you want, sweetie.

She took a sip of tea and thought for a long time, it felt like an eternity. Then she took another sip of tea, and said…




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