How are you? you ask in a smooth voice with a sympathetic smile on your face.
Before you asked, I was fine. I was relaxed. I was enjoying myself. I had forgotten about my money troubles. I had forgotten about the time pressure. I had forgotten about the lawsuit. I was really fine.
Since you asked, I start thinking and my anxiety comes back with full force.
The flash fiction story How are you? is part of the flash fiction collection Flash 52.