Flash Fiction: Texting

Are you busy?

Uh no. Hey

Hi! How are you?

Good, hbu?

Okay

Just okay?

Yeah

Wht happened?

You remember Jared?

Yeah…what happened?

We broke up

Omg, I’m so sorry

No, it’s okay

It was for the best

Why?

If I can ask

I’m sorry

Was that too forward?

A little

I’m srry!

No… it’s okay

I wouldn’t have brought it up

I guess

If I didn’t want to talk about it

Like, subconsciously?

Yeah

So…

What happened?

I don’t get it

I mean…

We were…

It was our anniversary coming up

Jesus

That sucks

Yeah

It does

But like…

I should have seen it coming

You know?

Well…

Lol.

Sorry

Should probably tell you what happened

If you want to

Only if you want to

I’m here if you need to talk

Well

So

We got into this argument

He wanted…

Yeah?

You sure you can keep this a secret?

Like, this cannot get out

Okay!!?

Juliet, you can trust me

I’ll delete this conversation

Like right afterward

Okay

I’m still so freaked out

He wanted…

Fuck

Hey…

This doesn’t come across well in text

But

It’s OK. You can tell me anything

I’m sorry

It’s okay

So?

You know the new A.I. thing?

Like, at the mall?

The big silver things

Yeah…

Wht about them?

He wanted to use one

Oh

Yeah

O.K.

That’s um…

And you didn’t?

No!

I don’t get why he would!

They are SICK

All caps sick, yeah

And we got into this argument

In the middle of the mall

My face was so red

Security came

But you should have seen it coming?

Why?

He was always talking about it

Talking about the future

Oh

Yeah

My grandma did that a lot

Did she

Yeah

She did

Oh

Do you

I guess I shouldn’t ask

You’re letting me

Ask personal shit

Yeah, sometimes

Is it weird?

Yeah

So, you broke up over that

Did you

Like

At the mall?

No

We went home

He had books on it

Like a lot

Wow

And you never noticed them?

Never thought of it that way

Okay

Was I stupid for that?

No.

No!

You were not stupid

Not at all

I was

You weren’t

I mean

Everyone thinks about it

It’s right there, after all

You too?

Sometimes

I mean

Yeah

I do

I guess I do too

But it’s sick to talk about

Like

Doing it

That sounded dirty

Don’t be immature!

Lol

Sorry

I mean it’s weird

It’s sick

Suicide

Yeah

You really think it’s death?

Yeah

Okay

Oh God

I’m so sorry

It’s okay

No but you just told me

Hey

It’s okay. You can have your opinion

But you really think they are not people still?

If they are

They are not the same person

He isn’t

Wait

Did he?

Yeah

Last week

Full upload

Wow

I keep ignoring his emails

Jesus

That’s intense

Yeah

I just felt like I needed someone

You know…

To talk to

I get it

That stuff is confusing to a lot of people

I don’t get why he wanted

Like

I do

He said why

But we were happy

Oh God

He didn’t say that he did it because…

Because of you

Did he?

No

He wanted me to come in with him

I don’t know why he would do that

If he was running from me

I think—he had these moments

Mental stuff?

Yeah

I’d see him

Wow

I’m sorry

What?

Just

This is secret

You can tell me anything

Seriously

I’ll keep it secret.

I won’t tell a soul

I know

Just

If I say

It’s like…

Like he’s really in The Digital

Yeah

Which he is

But it’s different when you say it

I know

It’s very different

Yeah

But

Okay

I’d wake up

And find him staring at a wall

Not talking

Weird

Crying

Oh

He’d never tell me why

Never?

No

He once looked at me

After he made a joke

Bad joke about himself

That’s normal

I guess

It was very bad

I mean

Okay

I asked why he would say that about himself

And he said

Because I secretly hate myself

Fuck

Yeah

Well

Okay

I guess…I mean maybe…

Maybe he thought it would be better there

Yeah

I guess so

But I doubt it

You think he’s gone

Right?

Yeah

I do

I’m so sorry

Hey

It’s okay

Like I said

It’s everyone’s decision

Yeah

Do you remember being a kid?

Yeah

I do

I miss that

I think everyone does, though

Like

Yeah

Yeah

Before this

Exactly

Hey

I have a question for you

If that’s okay

Yeah

Sure

Go ahead

Why you message me now?

I don’t mind

Just

It’s been a few years since I last saw you

Lol

I’m sorry

I’ve been so busy

Just

I always remembered that you were easy to talk to

Oh shit

I’m sorry

I only came to you because…

Sorry

It’s okay

I’m glad I could help

You feel better?

A little

It’s been a couple of days

Hell

I get it

Feel free to text if you need me

But

I gtg

Sorry

No1 It’s okay!

Thanks for talking with me

Like

We should hang out

Sometime

Get coffee?

Yeah

We should hang out sometime

It would be fun

Yeah

For sure

So

I’ll ttyl?

Yeah

Later

Bye

Bye

Wait!

Yeah?

You can answer later

Just

I never asked how you were doing?

Lol

It’s okay

I’m doing great

I gtg

Like bad

But it’s been a good few months

I’ll tell you about it sometime

When we meet up

Okay

Awesome

See you then

Bye Juliet

Bye

Bye Austin

Special thanks to: Bob GerkinCollin PearmanDylan AlexanderJerry Banfield, and Michael The Comic Nerd. 

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