Two Turntables | by Annie James Thomas

After he settles into his steaming cup 
I ask him a question that I subsequently answer:
“What’s better than one turntable? Vinyl spun on two.”
He laughs but it’s only funny because the second
arrived earlier that day, and we were strung out
on the mingling of Young’s folk and Osbourne’s wail
and when he asks what’s better than life with my feet
in his lap and a dead bug floating in the dog’s water,
I can’t answer because a warm May sun makes 
me sneeze. Later, in that same pose, when we’re
strung out on something more potent than caffeine and
the good old music, I ask him what’s better than 
sweet night breezes and he can’t answer because
there's Orion's belt and before we both know it we’re
quoting our favorite movies, which don’t include Beetlejuice,
but which somehow gets mixed in. When he asks a question
he subsequently answers it: “Should we go inside?
Let’s stay out all night.”

Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram

Annie James Thomas (she/her) is a New England-based writer, music lover, and collector of all things vintage. Her obsession with the sea is evident in her tattoo collection.  She is a co-founder and editor for Loud Coffee Press literary magazine. This is her fiction pen name. She can be found on Instagram @anniejamesthomas and at