Sleepless, by Tom Forrest

I reach for his pillow and press it to my face and smell him on the pillowcase

I can’t sleep when Judd isn’t here. I lie in our bed, feeling the broad empty space beside me. I reach over to pass my palm over the cool sheet where his warmth should be. I reach for his pillow and press it to my face and smell him on the pillowcase.

His alarm clock goes off each morning, making me sigh and drag myself out of bed to go around and turn it off. But I can’t turn it off for good. As long as it goes off every morning, I think, it will mean he is coming back.   Even when the time change happens, I just leave it the way it is. It’s electrical so unless the power goes off it will just keep going off every morning.

Someday he will come back to me. He will laugh and say, “You still have that old alarm clock?” And we will throw it in the trash together. We will make love.

Then I will be able to sleep.

Tom Forrest lives in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama.

Author: bosomfriends

Hawthorne is the author of An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England", "Beloved Pilgrim" and "Loving the Goddess Within: Sex magick for Women". She is an editor on Wilde Oats and also on Gay Flash Fiction. Nan edits "Our Story: GLBTQ Historical Fiction" on the GLBT Bookshelf .She reviews books there and for histoircal Novel Society. Nan runs Radi De Danann: Music of the Pan-Celtic World at . She is currently working on an M/M romance set before and during theh American Civil War. her web site is at . See also her bookseller site, .

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