"Stop putting words in my mouth," she said. She took a long sip of her merlot and eyed him above the rim of her glass. Through the living room window behind her, the traffic was backing up on the rural road that ran before their house — cars slowing the way they would if behind a tractor at dinner time, or if somebody's dog had been run down.
Charles Rafferty has published poems in The New Yorker and The Southern Review, as well as stories in Sonora Review and Cortland Review. In 2009, he received a creative writing fellowship from the NEA. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.