I like this. I wrote this back in February. When actual emotions ran though me.
"Dave, cheer the fuck up."This little scene would, of course, never happen in real life.
She'll say those words, and she'll look at me with her head tilted a little bit to the right. Maybe she'll think that having her head tilted like that will give her the best view of my transformation. My emergence from melancholy to effervescence, all because of the magic of her words.
"Now why didn't I think of that?" I'll ask, my words dripping with sarcasm. "Just cheer the fuck up, huh? Damn. I've been such a fool all this time. It's so clear to me now."
"I'm just trying to help," she'll protest.
I'll sigh a little. "No you're not," I'll say. "You're not trying to help me at all. You're just hoping that I'll cheer up so you won't feel so guilty."
"Why should I feel guilty?" she'll demand to know. "I didn't do anything wrong."
"I didn't say that you should feel guilty. I just said that you do." My voice will soften a little. "And you're right, you didn't do anything wrong."
"And I don't feel guilty either," she'll say.
"Yes you do," I'll say. "You wouldn't be here otherwise. You'd be over there with those assholes. They'd be more than happy to flash their fake smiles and laugh their phony laughs for you. You know that you'd feel comfortable with them, but you came to me instead."
"How come you're such an expert on what I'm feeling?" she'll ask. "Maybe I'm just here because I care about you."
"That's pretty convenient, don't you think? You find yourself in the same room with me and all of a sudden you decide to care about what I'm feeling? I don't buy it."
"What happened to you?" she'll ask. "I thought we were friends."
I'll sigh again. "I thought so too, once."
"And what about now?"
"Now, I don't think so," I'll say. "Now I don't think we're anything."
"Doesn't that bother you?" she'll want to know.
"More than words could ever say," I'll respond. "But it's the way it has to be."
"If that's the way you want it..." She'll get up to leave.
I'll reach out and put my hand on her arm. "That's not what I said."
"What is it you want from me?" she'll ask. She won't sit back down.
"It doesn't matter what I want," I'll answer. "It never has mattered what I want."
"Well what about what I want?" she'll whisper.
"Just tell me," I'll say.
"I want you to cheer the fuck up."
Then she'll go over to where the assholes are sitting. She'll tell them that she tried to cheer me up. And they'll flash their fake smiles and laugh their phony laughs, and she'll feel comfortable with them.
In real life, I would never be so cold to her.
In real life, she would never breach that subject with me.
In real life, we'd pretend that everything was fine.