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New Strangers: A confrontation between a recently broken-up couple
Posted by steve7699, Apr 1, 2012. 3755 views. ID = 5511

New Strangers

Posted by steve7699, Apr 1, 2012. 3755 views. ID = 5511
This post was written in 52 minutes.
This story was inspired by the haunting song, "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye. Something about the music and lyrics grabbed hold of me tight enough to leave marks. And this story...
This post has been awarded 11 stars by 3 readers.

"She wants all of it, Seth."

"I know she does. And I don't care, Lacey."

"She's going to be pissed."

"That's the point. If she wants the rest she needs to come here herself and get it."

Lilly and Sam look at each other. Some message must pass between them because Sam nods, then grabs the box of CDs and books from Lilly's hands. He tosses his chin up as a goodbye to me and walks out the open door. Lilly turns and watches him go, seemingly listening to him descend the cement steps. When it's obvious that Sam is well gone, Lilly turns back to me. She shakes her head and takes a few steps towards me.

"What're you doing, Seth? It's over."

"Yeah, I know that, Lacey. I'm not trying to get her back."

Lilly tries unsuccessfully to hide a smile and answers, "Uh huh. Okay, so what do you want me to tell her?"

I take three long strides so I'm directly in front of her. I cross my arms and lean in a bit. Lilly's eyes widen, but she stands her ground.

"Don't do that. This is not a game. I. Don't. Want. Her. Back."

Lilly furrows her brow, then crosses her own arms, putting weight on her back foot.

"Then, why force to her to come back here? She doesn't want to see you anymore. Why is that such a problem? You told Sam you were glad it's over. So why not just...let her go? She can't be the only girl to dump you."

I chuckle softly and rub the four day stubble on my chin.

"No, she's not the first. And, probably, won't be the last. But, there are rules. Common courtesies that she's broken. They're certain things you don't do under these circumstances."

"Like what?"

Throwing my head back, I laugh loudly. "Let's not go there, Lacey. Tell her she can come get her final two boxes whenever she wants. I plan on doing some painting this week. She's welcome anytime."

I turn and walk away, forcing myself to take slow, deliberate steps towards the sliding door and out onto the "deck". With my back to her, I envision Lilly shaking her head and walking down those same wide, shallow steps.

Praying that I've waited long enough, I turn and walk back into the apartment. My hand on the open fridge door, I'm leaning in to grab a beer, when I hear footsteps coming up the stairs. I stifle a laugh and force myself to stay calm.

"You can come in, Kenna."

I walk around the corner with a beer and the last Diet Dr. Pepper. She's waiting just outside the open door. Wearing dark, denim short-shorts and a burgundy tank-top, she seems paler than normal. She sucks in her breath.

With closed eyes, she says, "You knew I was downstairs, didn't you?"

I feel a smile pull at the corners of my mouth as I hand her the frigid can. I walk to the couch and put my feet up on the magazine covered coffee table.

"Why else would Lilly and Sam be here? He hates this kind of thing. It must've taken some convincing to get him to come."

Kenna smiles at the floor. She taps the top of her can five times before popping the top. Same old, same old.

"Yeah, Lilly can be persuasive when she wants to be."

I lean forward to put my unopened beer onto a March Madness Sports Illustrated. I keep my elbows on my knees and motion to the La-Z-Boy across from me.

"Take a seat."

After seeing her hesitate, I sigh and hang my head.

I look her in the eyes and say, "I'm not going to hurt you, Kenna."

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