“Damn you,” she clenched her fists wanting to throw her iphone, where she read his last message, against the wall.
“Are you really going to just walk out of my life after a text?”
They had met on-line. Isn’t that where everyone meets these days? Many things in common: thrill seekers, loved life, hated commitment, music, romance oh yes the list went on.
They actually met because he had tweeted lines from a favorite song. She loved that song and RT’d it. Then she responded with a line from a favorite song of her own. He happened to RT her back. This went on for weeks. Once in a while they’d exchange a few words; not much more you can do on Twitter. One day he put up words from a song that spoke to her personally. He knew it and she knew it. Now the air was swirling with innuendo.
He wasn’t the only guy she “talked” to. There was something about his words and love for music and life. They finally started a Facebook relationship. He saw pictures of her rather than a postage stamp avatar. “You are beautiful and so athletic” he commented. The remarks about her beauty were daily. They went past her beauty to what she was wearing. She looked for ways to turn him on in text.
They discussed places and people and things and sometimes they discussed their bodies and what they would do if they were in the same time and space. The wonderful thing they both knew – there was no commitment. How can you be committed to a blip on the other end of a computer chip. So they kept chatting; little by “chatted “with went by the wayside. They were sucked in to a relationship.
“Naw that can’t be he shouted one morning. I can’t be in love with her. I don’t even know her.” But when he thought about it he knew more about her than his ex-wife. They talked about everything in great length. He knew where the scar from her first bicycle accident was she knew when he had his first crush. They got alot more personal – he knew moles, tender spots. he knew the word to type that would drive her crazy and she? All she had to so was whisper his name in text and his heart started racing.
He couldn’t do this. What if she wasn’t who she said she was? She could be a dog. But he realized that wouldn’t matter he loved her heart though he’d never held her body. He yearned for that woman at the end of his computer and phone.
He sent her a text: “Sorry can’t talk anymore – no commitment rule.”
She hated the fact that she would tingle when she heard from him. Now the words she had always embraced shot an arrow to her heart.
The battle had just begun. In her mind, she contrived all sorts of hateful things to post about him on Facebook. She had an arsenal of insults in 140 characters for twitter. Her blog would carry a series of poems lined with sadness. Her launch date – the day they met.
But – she still hoped he would change his mind before that date. She would will her iphone to buzz or beep. No cooperation. She lost her desire to chat on Twitter and Facebook. She dreaded running into him.
It was the countdown. Tonight at midnight she would launch her retaliatory effort at his heart. She was walking into her building after lunch. It had been a good week so far. She had stopped looking at the phone and the computer screen every second of the day.
She looked great in her business casual, attire. Just then a man walked up with a bouquet of pink roses. Grabbed her arm and said “I can’t do this without you. You have become my world.”
She stared at the man who, until this moment, had always been at the end of her computer. He was sooo much better looking than his photos. She let him sweep her up in his arms. They lost track of time as they kissed, listened to each others voices, and kissed.
Back at her office she got a text:
“Have dinner with me for the rest of our lives….”
As she cleared her computer of her “War Room”, she mused “All is fair in love and war.”
Our prompt was War. Please go to The Tenth Daughter of Memory for more War Stories.