Sara Bickley’s work of non-fiction, “When the Sweet Talkin’s Done,” earned an honorable mention for the 2016 Oval Staff. Bickley comes from West Carrollton, Ohio. She is a senior majoring in Creative Writing. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Pseudopod, Milkfist, and The Raintown Review. Her work begins:
The first thing he said to me was, “What’s a pretty girl like you doing in a place like this?”
Well, not the first thing. I think he bummed a cigarette beforehand. Maybe two. He carried an old Marlboro box with the top ripped off, a jumble of OP’s—all different brands—rattling around inside.
Anyway, we were standing outside the cafeteria of my community college, smoking, and he handed me the world’s cheesiest pickup line, and I laughed in his face.
Now, I don’t know exactly why—maybe the fat, or the glasses, or my refusal to wear makeup—but no one had ever made a pass at me before. Ever. It seemed impossible for him not to be joking.
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