Daily Dialogue: I Want What I Want

Scarlett
Didn’t I see you yesterday?

Emma
A fine howdy-do to you, too.

Scarlett
Come in, come in. Thomas figured you’d stop by again, so he had to… return some videotapes.

Emma
I know, girl talk doesn’t mix well with boys.

Scarlett
Not so much “girl talk…” He prides himself as a logician.

Emma
Like most mad scientists.

Scarlett
When he overheard your problem yesterday, he spent a good hour petting his cat while he tried figuring out why it’s a problem. I was afraid Nipperton would have a bald patch when he gave up.

Emma
Poor thing. I didn’t realize my problem almost broke your kinda-hubby.

Scarlett
You gotta admit, it’s a strange one. How long has it been since you broke up with Jillian?

Emma
Almost a year.

Scarlett
Business has been booming for you.

Emma
Yeah.

Scarlett
On your terms, and there’s so much Success Path to walk.

Emma
I know.

Scarlett
All of this because you gave up women until you’re in a more solid position. Despite all this, you’ve been almost derailing your train by not only going after different women, but trying to get back with Jillian.

Emma
I know.

Scarlett
See? Even Nipperton couldn’t handle it and ran away.

Emma
Traitor.

Scarlett
So, what’s the deal? Is it us?

Emma
“Us?”

Scarlett
Me and Thomas. The best example of a couple that ever coupled.

Emma
Easy there. And no.

Scarlett
You’d think that wouldn’t have hurt. Wait, what? Weren’t you, for YEARS, complaining about being the odd one out?

Emma
Would you believe that Doctor Who helped me with that?

Scarlett
How?

Emma
He’s always the odd one out, isn’t he? And yet, he’s lived a life that no one else has because he’s a space oddity.

Scarlett
Doesn’t he always need someone around, though?

Emma
I have you.

Scarlett
If you’re trying to make me cry, good job.

Emma
I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to.

Scarlett
I’m kidding. Mostly. Then, what is it? Because I’m genuinely confused.

Emma
I don’t really know. I mean, I know that I want women, but I don’t know if it’s for a night or the rest of my life.

Scarlett
Have the women you’ve approached been wifey?

Emma
You mean, did I want to date them? Yeah.

Scarlett
I should slap you.

Emma
Why?

Scarlett
Didn’t one of them have aspirations of being a truck driver?

Emma
There’s nothing wrong with wanting a CDL…

Scarlett
Wasn’t the other one’s career plan to hop from Craigslist ad to Craigslist ad until her Social Security kicked in?

Emma
It’s nice to be a journeywoman…

Scarlett
And hasn’t Jillian turned to a life of being a webcam model? Wait, didn’t you say that she’s with a man now? You wanna go back to a sex object who you’ve gayed straight?

Emma
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being a sex worker.

Scarlett
Just going for blood here. But you see what I mean.

Emma
Yeah.

Scarlett
Each and every woman you’ve gone after since your ascension of sorts were nothing more than anchors to mediocrity.

Emma
I… I guess so. Huh.

Scarlett
It’s almost like you WANT to crash and burn.

Emma
Bull-shit.

Scarlett
Because, lemme tell you, you can’t expect martyrdom if you’re holding the gun.

Emma
I don’t wanna crash and burn! Sometimes, I imagine my dream girl standing in front of me. She tells me that we can go away together and have a great life… if I gave up work. And every time, without faltering, I walk away from her.

Scarlett
You’ll walk away from your dream girl, but you’ll walk away with a normal girl? You got issues, lady.

Emma
You think?

Scarlett
So do Thomas and Nipperton. Do you think you just need to get laid?

Emma
No, I get mine. Regularly.

Scarlett
You don’t almost propose to them… Do you?

Emma
Yeah, just as I’m kneeling at their hairy altar and about to– Of course not.

Scarlett
Hear that, cat? Good news!

Emma
Ah, be quiet.

Scarlett
I think there’s a part of you that either wants to test how well you wanna succeed, or wants to sabotage you.

Emma
Why would I wanna sabotage myself?

Scarlett
To test you. So, I guess, the two things are really one.

Emma
But I know what I want.

Scarlett
And you’re making sure that you want it. Which is stupid, so you should stop.

Emma
But…

Scarlett
Yeah?

Emma
I know that past a certain point, I won’t be able to trust women who wanna be with me.

Scarlett
Why?

Emma
Gold diggers love to play the strings of a lonely heart.

Scarlett
Oh.

Emma
Yeah.

Scarlett
So, you either get a woman now who… you can maybe do better with, or get suckered into a woman later who wants your money?

Emma
Essentially.

Scarlett
Heavy is the crown. Tiara. You get it.

Emma
Yeah, sadly.

Scarlett
Or maybe a surprise’ll fall in your lap. Thomas wasn’t expecting me, I asked him out, and now we’re proud parents of a cat.

Emma
Maybe.

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