“Another Beginning” by Michael McGlade
(Originally published in Shimmer #29.)
The Real Beginning
Ógán loses Niamh to his best friend Malachy. Ógán and Niamh had been high school sweethearts, and the three of them had been inseparable — the Three Blind Mice.
Ógán stumbled onto this scene: the affair in full swing, the pair of them at it like otters in his best friend’s bed (he’d seen a documentary about how otters held hands when they slept — but this right now was absolutely not cute). Ógán had been let inside by a still-stoned flatmate, the squawking pair growing louder as he raced down the long, cement hallway toward that familiar sound — knowing it was Niamh behind the locked bedroom door, his teeth zinging like when foil shorts out your fillings.
Some things can never be un-seen.
Michael McGlade is a freelance writer living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has more than 80 short stories published in such journals as the Saturday Evening Post, Hennessy New Irish Writing, Shimmer, Ares Magazine, and Grain. He holds a master’s degree in English from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. He’s a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre. Represented by the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, he’s currently writing his debut novel. Find out the latest news and views from him on McGladeWriting.com.
About the Narrator:
Cian Mac Mahon is an Irish Software Engineer who in a past life was the world’s youngest professional podcaster, ran a radio station and very nearly ended up being a journalist. While he hopes to someday revive his show which podfaded many years ago, he now spends most of his free time playing about with cameras and cooking, as old microphones and sound-desks lurk in the shadows, right at the edge of eyesight. He can be found online at CianMacMahon.com.
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