924. The smile


David judged people by their teeth. He was a dentist after all. There could be coffee stains, or cavities from too much sugar, or plaque from lack of care. There was so much that could be told about a person just by looking at their teeth.

David was young, keen, vibrant, eager after his recent graduation as a dentist to climb up the othodontical ladder. Tooth decay, root canals, gum disease, crowns, were all part of…

And then he saw her! Just across the room! Long straight shining black hair. A face carved from the whitest marble! The most beautiful of eyes! He’d never seen a creature so wondrous. Their eyes met…

…and then she smiled.

19 thoughts on “924. The smile

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    “Despite the great advances of
    cosmetic dentistry
    big smiles like horses’ mouths
    seem almost treachery.
    So many kinds of smiles there are
    that damn or euphemize,
    yet best are those not in the teeth
    but in love-sparkled eyes.”


    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      …by simply smiling first!
      It’s true: The truth of a smile is in the eyes! I think you’ve just given me the rentrement of a Rondeau I’ve been battling with!

  2. noelleg44

    Ain’t that the truth? I think a lot of people judge by the condition of someone’s teeth. Tells a lot about them if they are nasty. Loved this story with a moral.


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