You made my day, I said.
how happy she had made me.
And my cheeks hurt, because they were being forced to do what they would normally have done spontaneously.
Only this time,
My brain had ordered them to stretch,
against their will.
You made my day, I said, honestly.
And she smiled, because she made someone’s day.
I lied through my teeth,
through my smile
which began to feel
On my face.