Five Lies

“What did you do today?”
“I don’t know, I just called Frances about the job, I met Andy for lunch, read.”
“What did she say?”
“She wasn’t there so I left a message.”
“What time did you get you get up?”
“About 9 I guess”.
“How much did lunch cost?”
“What difference does it make, it’s my money.”
“I just think you need to be careful you know, not working. You don’t want to just throw your money away when you’re not bringing anything in.”
“Jesus, do you want me to call you and ask permission every time I spend money?”
“No, no. I’m sorry I didn’t mean that. I just – never mind. We just want you to be happy. You know that right?”
“Yes. You just can’t expect me to snap my finger and make it happen. I’m not happy OK? I can’t change that. I just need some time to work things out.”
“I know you didn’t want to come home but it was beyond our control. It wasn’t like we engineered the whole thing just to bring you back and you know – well the truth is that having to cut your travel plans short is hardly some grave injustice. Maybe you didn’t find what you were looking for but no-one really ever knows what they want to do with their lives. It’s all part of a process, but while you’re looking you need to do something, otherwise you just stay in one place spinning your wheels and … I’m sorry it’s your life. Is the room OK, we haven’t changed much since you left?”
“Yeah, it’s fine thanks.”
“I saw Anna when I went for a walk last week. She’s not seeing anyone at the moment, you should call her, I know she’d love to hear from you.”
“I’m not sure she would.”
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