The beard must go, his girlfriend told him. She was finally going to introduce him to her parents but not without making the necessary changes.
He loved her but was hesitant to shave. The beard had been with him longer than she had. In some ways it was the longest, most meaningful relationship he’d ever had. Did he really want to give that up for her?
Like he had given up meat?
And most of his old friends?
Staring at his reflection in the bathroom mirror, a can of shaving foam in one hand and a razor in the other, he made up his mind.
The beard will stay.
His girlfriend must go.
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