Daily Dialogue: The Friendship Helix

For 20 minutes, I put two characters on a page and let them ramble. Usually, I don’t have a plan, but a seed’s planted today.

Dr. Boston
Tell me about your friends.

Jill
I thought we’d talk about something else now.

Dr. Boston
I know you would, but it’s obvious that they’re bothering you. It would be good for you to address that before internalizing the trauma.

Jill
Yeah, yeah, I know how ulcers work. What do you want me to say?

Dr. Boston
What do you want you to say? In our previous sessions, you bring them up without provocation. In particular, how you feel that you’re drifting apart.

Jill
Drifted apart now.

Dr. Boston
Something happened recently?

Jill
Last Tuesday.

Dr. Boston
What?

Jill
Something came to me. I thought about my life up to that point, the ins and outs of people in my life.

Dr. Boston
What came to you?

Jill
How some people never come back, how some people come back better, how some people come back worse.

Dr. Boston
Jill, you’re deflecting.

Jill
You’re not the only one who can come up with theories, ma’am.

Dr. Boston
I know I’m not. Are you saying that you have a theory?

Jill
About friends, yes.

Dr. Boston
I’d like to hear it. Please.

Jill
I believe that people exist as curved lines to each other. Strangers have lines so wide that they’re basically straight and never cross each other. Friends have lines that cross each other once in a while. No one spends every single day with each other.

Dr. Boston
So you’re only talking about the physical.

Jill
Yeah.

Dr. Boston
Do you think that you could apply your theory to the emotions of friendship?

Jill
I guess.

Dr. Boston
Why don’t you try?

Jill
Well… I guess friendships go through phases, where they’re not as close as they were before. That could be emotional.

Dr. Boston
Yes, it could.

Jill
And some friends are so close that their curved lines are constantly weaving in and out of each other, making a super-tight braid.

Dr. Boston
Or a helix. A DNA chain.

Jill
Heh. Yeah.

Dr. Boston
Do you have a friendship helix in your life?

Jill
No, nothing but straight lines.

Dr. Boston
Maybe if you let me help you with your antisocial nature–

Jill
I told you, I’m not fucking antisocial. I’m socially retarded. Antisocial people don’t leave the house. Social retards don’t know what to do when they leave the house.

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