The idea was she would stand naked, or as naked as she could stand, in front of the mirror and read the words out loud every day.
Boy my folks are proud of me.
There is beauty everywhere. You just have to look for it.
I am not lonely, you are lonely. Shut up!!
Josh put down his beer, distantly aware that it was somehow to blame for the conversation he was having.
His life had been hard and he’d become hard as a result, and so was infinitely unprepared for Debbie.
“Janet, hi, I’m so sorry to just call you out the blue like this. I… I know it’s been a while.”
She’d broken his heart one too many times and now, like Humpty Dumpty, there was no putting it back together again.
But then the light came in, a golden hand reaching down to lift him from his prison and bring him back to life.
The barmaid was a tired-looking girl, probably in her mid-20s after a shower, but in that moment she could have been anything from 19 to 47.