Daily Dialogue: Separation Tranquility

For 20 minutes, I write two people talking completely and utterly unprepared.

Delilah
I’m glad that you came by today.

Patty
I am, too.

Delilah
I guess we have a lot of baggage to dump, don’t we?

Patty
Yeah…

Delilah
I’ll go first.

Patty
No, I will.

Delilah
Are you sure?

Patty
No, but I’ll be less sure if I go after you.

Delilah
Ok.

Patty
I get… I understand that I was a phase.

Delilah
Patty…

Patty
This is my turn. I understand that I was a phase. Lots of women think they’re gay for a little while. Then they try living it and run away. I knew it was bound to happen to me someday. I just wish it wasn’t with you. What we had was special and no one can take that away from me, but I know it can never come back. The guy you’re with– The guy you’re with is making you happy and I hope he will for a long, long time. Right now, you think he reminds you a lot of me, but there’s gonna come a day when I remind you of him. And I’m not bitter. Nothing’s worse than holding onto something you can’t get back. You feel like you want to come back to me. Or worse, have us both. But neither can happen. If I come back into your life the way I was, it’ll be great for a while. Then you’ll start to remember that you’re straight and I’ll want to fucking kill you. So the most we can ever be is friends, and the most I can ever be is that woman who… who reminds you of your boyfriend.

Delilah
I can’t believe you said that. How can you be so calm about all this? I love you!

Patty
Because I’m an adult. I can’t stand outside your room in the rain screaming your name in the hopes that we can go back to a year ago. We can’t.

Delilah
But I love you! I fucking love you!

Patty
And you’ll love him, too.

Delilah
No, I won’t!

Patty
Then tell him that.

Delilah
What?

Patty
Let’s find him and tell him that you’ll never love him.

Delilah
I… I…

Patty
Goodbye, Delilah.

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