Yellow Heart, Green Heart

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Yellow Heart, Green Heart

Yellow Heart, Green Heart

A Short Story

By: Emma Chastain

audio performed by: Daniel Serafini-Sauli
genre: Fiction - Fiction
publication date:09/21/2021
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In a story set during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a couple's marriage is tested by the strain of quarantine.

It's summertime in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ian has lost his job, while his wife, Parker, thrives in her e-commerce career. Parker's days are frenetic and full. When she's not in Zoom meetings, she's doom-scrolling about the virus or hanging out on Houseparty with her friends. Meanwhile, Ian claims to spend his days looking for a full-time job, but he's mostly goofing around on Tik Tok and taking their dog, Hutch, for longer-than-necessary walks. What he really wants is to start a family, but Parker still isn't ready. Now she's saying she isn't sure she'll ever be ready. A rift grows between them, even as they're quarantined together.

Then, Ian runs into their 23-year-old dogwalker, Frankie, who is also bored and out of work. Frankie doesn't wear a mask, goes to outdoor bars, and lives with a roommate. Around her, Ian's vigilance slips, and at the first hint that Frankie is flirting with him, he sidelines Parker's strict safety protocols. One thing leads to another, Ian's choices tumbling like a line of dominoes, until more than just his marriage's survival is on the line....