Who cares, I remember thinking, standing in the damp up to my ankles, waiting for the one-rail, forced to listen to the dripping chatter – did you hear the chop cops busted that pit over in the Knodd? Oh yeah, I heard they had . . . and they chew into their protein buns and yamburgers, secretly imagining . . .
But, really, who cares? After another dreary day of fake work, I stopped on the way home and picked up a couple corn dogs, her favorite. Not just for her, to be honest – I had started noticing a gnawing feeling in my gut that afternoon, even after I filled up at the rice bar for lunch. So I splurged on the cd’s, expecting her to be enthusiastic about this rare dinner.
When I arrived at home, she seemed distracted, and only said “Oh,” when I held up the Dinner-On-A-Stick bag. We sat on the futon, and she did curl up against me, asking me to tell her about the old days, when they weren’t corn at all; but it seemed to be a forced performance, like she was reciting lines from a flicker, and she was clearly uneasy. Though I dreaded confirming it by asking her if anything was wrong, I felt something terrible was going to happen . . . or maybe it was just the gnawing in my stomach, which was hardly relieved by the dense, fake-tasting dinner. Continue reading