Aftermath

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

After what seemed like an eternity of darkness, I tentatively opened my eyes, still thinking I was dead. Light flooded my vision like sunlight over the waves of the ocean. My ears were still ringing from the rifle discharge: V had shot into the air, but his gaze was still fixed on me like the withering frown of a stone god. “Know this”, he snarled. “If you ever let yourself go like that again with a girl, and make us look bad in the process, I will make sure the next bullet from this rifle has your name on it. You were foolish and sloppy, L. You thrust your heart away too easily, too cheaply. What happened to everything we had learned this past year about those creatures we call women? Have you forgotten how to act around them?”

His face contorted itself with a little twist of anger, before softening into a scowl of exasperation.

“I’d think after all you went through, you would know better. You disappoint me greatly.”

With that, he got back into the car, revved her up, and noisily drove away. I looked on as the silver sedan sped away, but I knew the lessons we both learned about women were very different ones. He became so much cockier and sure and invulnerable. I, on the other hand, learned that we were all lonesome creatures, and to forgive those who looked out for only their own interests: they had precious little left to share. It was only natural. Silly V.

I put one foot in front of the other: long walk back home, the sooner I started, the better.

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