VANITY • by K. A. Patterson

“Okay, push!”

The woman’s face squinched up, reddening with effort.

Sweat trickled down the back of his neck.

“Maybe if you wiggled a bit,” he suggested.

“Like this?”

“Ah, here let me–” He shoved harder.

“Ow!” she howled, her lardonous body jiggling. “It’s too tight!”

“Obviously,” he said. “Can we now try your real shoe size?”

Kay Patterson lives in the outskirts of Pittsburgh. She is the creator and senior editor of AlienSkin Magazine. Her tales have appeared in numerous print and online magazines, with her most work appearing or upcoming in Murky Depths, From the Asylum, Apex Digest; and in the anthologies, Read By Dawn with Ramsey Campbell, Black Box, and FlashSpec II.

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