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| It had become obvious. Their conversation was going nowhere . . .
“But I love you so much,” she said. “I think I must be crazy. I can’t stop thinking about you. I want to
be with you all the time. I want to marry you.”
“Maybe you are a little crazy,” he said. “Although I think that’s part of being in love. But you hardly
know me. I like you, but I’m not in love with you. I don’t think I could ever be in love with you.”
“I don’t know,” he lied. “You’re not my type.”
“I’m not your type,” she repeated. “What is your type? A woman with no wrinkles and a perfect body?
A woman who is beautiful even when she wakes up? A movie star? Is that your type?”
“No, of course not,” he lied again. “I don’t know. I’m like everybody else—you’re either attracted to a
certain person or you’re not.”
“So you’re not attracted to me?”
“Well, I didn’t say that,” he lied a third time.
“I’m making a fool of myself. You might even be laughing at me. You don’t love me. You just said that
you never could love me.”
“No, I said I could never be IN LOVE with you,” he said.
"Love, in love," she said. "What difference does it make any more? I apologize. It was nice of you to put
up with me. Please forgive me for making a fool of myself and for bothering you. I will never call you
again. I must try to forget you now. I am dropping out of school tomorrow; I can’t go there without
thinking of you. My heart is so sad.”
She hung up. Alan walked outside. What was he supposed to do? He liked her, but he certainly didn't
love her. Lead her on with lies, or tell her the truth now? There was a beautiful full eclipse of the moon.
He felt sad. He knew that Natalie was probably crying now. She must be very lonely.
©2016 David M. Ackerman [All Rights Reserved]
|NEW REVIEWS: I have always said that I love a good short, short story. And this is no exception.
Welcome aboard and keep up the good work, David. ****__Captain Apple Jack.
I liked this story and I hated it. I liked it because it is so well written without a single wasted word. A
true word smith at work here, making a crisp and taught reading. I hated it because the guy is such a
Jerk, with a capital "J." Yet, what are we to expect today? Love and let love, I guess. ***__Su
This is a truly concise piece of writing, and an interesting play on the effect of the moon on lovers. But, I
agree with Su Chang; the guy really is a Jerk! Welcome and try something different, David.****__Jean
Well, I guess I liked it without reservation. The shoe could have been on the other foot; you know.
There are as many heartless women out there as there are men today. Maybe more. Remember "Men
Are the Enemy!"? Good piece of writing. Welcome, and do it again, David.*****__Linda McIntire.
By David R. Ackerman
Saturday June 18, 2016
She loves; she loves me not.