Boyfriends: CAROL

CAROL AND I WERE in group therapy together. He moped around much of the sessions, crying and covering his face, occasionally honking a small rubber horn when he wished to speak. During cigarette breaks, he’d flirt with me by pulling paper flowers out of my cleavage. His parents had once been famous lion tamers at Ringling and disapproved of clowns, banning him from any sort of tomfoolery, so he dropped out of clown school and hung out at Phish concerts doing improv puppets shows. Our therapist wouldn’t let him wear his makeup, so after sessions I’d let him chase me on his unicycle, wearing nothing but a bright red nose and ruffled collar.

Breaking Point: His reliance on mime during any sort of serious argument.

STORIES: Shelagh Power Chopra’s work appears in FRIGG, failbetter, The Good Men Project, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She runs the website, a fictitious account of a relationship gone wrong. She lives on Cape Cod and is working on a novel. DRAWINGS: Kara Jansson's iPhone & iPad drawings have been published in online publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, WNYC, The Outlet and Used Furniture Review. Her work was recently included in the exhibition "Stylectrical" at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. She is a founding board member of the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists and Co-Director of the art collective, Coalfather Industries. More from this author →