Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

The Table

Stephen Finucan

Summer 2021 - The Table

 

Gareth texted from the roadside, after the asphalt gave way to gravel. Just keep going was the reply. All the way to the end. Past the “Private: No Entry” sign. You will come to a white house. Helen and Roy will be there. They have change for fifty. This was from Aaron, who had posted the table on Kijiji for his neighbours. Phoebe had found it. She was looking for a trundle bed for the girls. And other things, too. She’d showed it to him: Round, glass-topped coffee table in great condition – 40-inch diameter – downsizing. “What do you think?” she’d asked. Gareth said he thought it was fine. He supposed it was still fine …


Bio:

Stephen Finucan is the author of the story collections Happy Pilgrims and Foreigners and the novel The Fallen. He lives with his wife and daughters in British Columbia.