Creative Nonfiction

Slipping Away

SUE FAGALDE LICK is the author of Stories Grandma Never Told, Childless by Marriage, and Up Beaver Creek. She lives in South Beach, Oregon, where she is music director at Sacred Heart Church.

Sitting next to my husband, Fred, in the hot tub, I watched as his hands began to wander across my body, touching my leg, my thigh, my—

“Hey, what are you doing?”

“Just looking around.”

“Oh yeah?”

He looked down at his penis bobbing in the water. “I believe I have an erection.”

“Is that unusual?”

He didn’t answer, but moved closer, wrapping his legs around mine, leaning over for a deep, tongue-filled kiss. His hands roamed over my arms, my shoulders, my breasts. It was clear what he had in mind, but we hadn’t done anything sexual in over a year. Our last successful attempt had been so long ago that I assumed we would never

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