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“Every god was invented by an atheist, you know.”
She had said it as casually as one might remind one’s spouse that the post office was closed on Sundays. He lowered his newspaper. She turned from studying the cathedral across the plaza to signal the waiter for more coffee. Her hair was lighter in the morning sun, the highlights in the curls redder.
“Every god, you think?” he asked, his gaze coming to rest on her lips.
“Of course. Don’t you think so?”
“I hadn’t considered the possibility, actually.”
“You will now.” She spooned raspberry jam onto her croissant and spread it liberally. Shifting her bare legs around to catch more of the sun happened to afford him a better view. A hint of her smile and a wink made him remember the night.
He went back to his reading, but found himself obliged to ponder the invention of the gods, and by atheists, no less. He glanced at her again over the paper’s edge. She was absorbed, contently, in her croissant and her coffee, soaking in the sun, watching the world go by.
He still wasn’t sure what he’d gotten himself into, but he was sure he liked it.
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Copyright 2016, Quent Cordair. All rights reserved.
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