Daily Dialogue: Frontstabber

For 20 minutes, I write two women talking to each other with nothing planned. Haven’t done that last part in a few days, but that’s back.

Valencia
Why does it do that?

Meredith
Why does what do what?

Valencia
Music. Why does it move us?

Meredith
Because someone turned on some Yellowcard and it cleared the room.

Valencia
That’s not what I mean and you know it.

Meredith
That’s what I meant and I know it.

Valencia
Why do you always do that? Why do you have to deflect everything I say and demean it?

Meredith
I didn’t realize I always did that. If it bothered you, why only tell me now?

Valencia
Because… Because…

Meredith
I haven’t changed much in the years you’ve known me, so this is a trait that didn’t suddenly bubble to the surface. It’s been there since the dawn of our time. So why bitch a fit now?

Valencia
I guess it’s because… I want you to change.

Meredith
You’re not gonna come out to me and pledge your undying devotion to me, are you?

Valencia
No, Meredith… This is exactly what I mean! Why can’t you have a serious conversation with me?

Meredith
Why do you wanna have a serious conversation with me?

Valencia
Because I want you to change!

Meredith
Why?!

Valencia
Because I want to know that there’s more to you than someone who jokes about everything! Who can’t exist without living in a blanket of… of…

Meredith
You find out what people think of you in the strangest situations.

Valencia
But it’s true!

Meredith
Riddle me this: have you ever challenged me intellectually?

Valencia
I just did a few minutes ago about music!

Meredith
No, you didn’t.

Valencia
Yes, I did!

Meredith
No. You didn’t. You asked me some metaphorical question that I couldn’t bother myself with. You always do that.

Valencia
I’m sorry that my brain reaching out to you isn’t worthy of your time.

Meredith
When have you asked me about the problems in the world?

Valencia
What?

Meredith
The world’s full of problems, or did music move you away from that?

Valencia
The world’s too big and there are too many problems to focus on so–

Meredith
You ignore all of them? And ask airy questions? Even if you pick one problem to work against, you’ve done something major. But you don’t. You pontificate– Bet you didn’t know I knew that word! You pontificate about the banal. Boringly anal. And like the portmanteau suggests, it’s a shitty life.

Valencia
So why don’t you go away?

Meredith
Why don’t I?

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