You Asked, I Listened

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

The last word broke in half, dangling nervously over the bottom row of his teeth while the first syllable fell to the ground with a thud. It didn’t obscure the meaning, it was just a reflex. One minute conversation was normal, the next, all the hairs were standing on his arms and his open mouth quivered, trying to somehow eat the things he had just said. He leaned over the balcony ledge and stared off to the left at buildings; at nothing. A silence followed, a silence swallowed up by the whooshing of cars rolling through traffic lights changing to allow their steady passage.

Heartbeats sped up, a hollowness swelled through the blood. If time machines were ever invented, they would be for moments like these, tiny seconds that changed the course of human interaction on a relatively molecular level. An event that changed virtually nothing as far as the cable networks and the newspapers were concerned, but meant everything in the rare string that tied two people together. That last syllable tasted bitter, it hung in the throat, and really what he wanted was that nobody heard hid, he did his best to delude himself but facts were hard to argue with.

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