Daily Dialogue: The Sacrifice

Once a day, 40 minutes each, I write two women talking each other with no plan to start or finish.

Priscilla
I found something that we need to talk about.

Ally
Ok, shoot.

Priscilla
But I need to know that I can talk to you about anything.

Ally
That’s what being a couple is about, right?

Priscilla
Yeah… But we’ve only been together for a few months and I don’t wanna scare you away.

Ally
You’ll scare me away if you keep being this way. I promise to stay for as long as you need to tell me what you have to.

Priscilla
Not after I say whatever I have to?

Ally
I hate when people say that they’ll stay no matter what. If they don’t, they’re a liar and I can’t stand liars. I don’t want to be a liar to you. So I’ll tell you the truth: I’ll listen to you.

Priscilla
Thank you. Ally, I… I…

Ally
It’ll be ok. I’ll listen.

Priscilla
But I don’t wanna lose you!

Ally
Why would you lose me?

Priscilla
Because of this! This… thing! I went through so much shit to get you, and I’m SO grateful to have you.

Ally
I love you.

Priscilla
…what?

Ally
I love you. That’s what you’re agonizing over, right? It’s a big step, one that could ruin a relationship. So I’ll take the step first. I love you, Priscilla.

Priscilla
That’s not what I wanted to say.

Ally
Oh. Oh… I guess I ruined us, eh?

Priscilla
No! No, I love you… too.

Ally
Really?

Priscilla
Yeah…

Ally
That’s a relief, because I didn’t wanna move all my stuff out. So. We love each other.

Priscilla
Heh, yeah.

Ally
But that’s not what you wanted to talk about.

Priscilla
No…

Ally
Well, we’re lovefools now so whatever you have to say can’t stand up to our adoration and stupidity.

Priscilla
Heh.

Ally
Right?

Priscilla
I hope so.

Ally
Tell your new love what’s got you down.

Priscilla
My job.

Ally
What about it?

Priscilla
I have a chance to do something for the world, but it’ll take something away from me.

Ally
What about someone?

Priscilla
I don’t know. She said that she’d only listen.

Ally
She sounds like a bitch.

Priscilla
Yeah, but she gives great hugs. Tender but dangerous… like Edward Scissorhands.

Ally
Sounds like you wanna earn more than hugs, lady.

Priscilla
No, I wanna keep saying what I have to, but I love where I am right now.

Ally
Do you know why I fell in love with you?

Priscilla
Because I do laundry?

Ally
No, but it’s a BIG help. You don’t settle. I mean, you tend to stay physically in one house for as long as possible.

Priscilla
Moving sucks.

Ally
But in terms of your career and what’s best for you, you never stop. You’re not obsessive about it, either. You don’t live to work, and you make time for me.

Priscilla
Who wouldn’t wanna make time for you?

Ally
So many people. You’re the first person I’ve been with who was never too busy for me. I mean, I’m low-maintenance but still, sometimes I like to be paid attention to.

Priscilla
How bad did it get?

Ally
One boyfriend only talked to me when he wanted to fuck, and one girlfriend tended to talk with her fists.

Priscilla
That’s horrible.

Ally
So I’ll listen to you, because you always made time for me.

Priscilla
I have to take a drug.

Ally
What kind of drug?

Priscilla
Something the lab has been working on for a few years. It’s been tested a few times and all the major problems have been worked out, but…

Ally
But?

Priscilla
There’s still a chance that something could go wrong. Funding for the project has dropped to the point where we can’t afford test subjects any more. And I drew the short straw.

Ally
What was the drug made to do?

Priscilla
Open up the mind in so many ways. In the knowledge and psychedelic senses.

Ally
What could go wrong?

Priscilla
I could become brain dead.

Ally
What are the chances for both?

Priscilla
Eighty-five for the good-news situation, the rest for bad news.

Ally
Is either outcome permanent?

Priscilla
No, they’ll only last a few weeks.

Ally
You could be a vegetable for a few weeks.

Priscilla
Yeah…

Ally
Or you could be a genius on an acid trip for a few weeks.

Priscilla
Yeah…

Ally
Could you use another lab rat?

Priscilla
What do you… No. No, not you.

Ally
I just told you that I love you and that you’re the best thing that ever happened to me. Do you really think I’m gonna let you do this alone?

Priscilla
But you could get brain damage!

Ally
I could also get life damage. One eventually heals. Where do I sign up?

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