The Toe Ring

Italian football star Darian Bell sat in a posh hotel room and faced the biggest choice of
his life. For the past dozen Sundays, he’d been at the Milan Airport reception gate, waiting for the flight that would bring his wife home—if the New York  literary agent would choose to come back to her estranged husband. After today’s empty flight, Darian had taken refuge from eager fans with a stranger he happened to bump into at the airport—Sheila—a highly-paid young consort whose sugar daddy had unexpectedly left Milan. As Darian and Sheila sat in Sheila’s hotel room and waited out the roaming crowd of football fans, Darian came to grips that his marriage was over, and a new friendship had started. Events develop further, and Darian is forced to decide between what is, and what could be.

ABOUT: Ara Hagopian’s debut book “What Happened to Vicky Lee? A Collection of Stories” is out now:

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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