Sunday, April 30, 2017

the lonely hearts club

The Lonely Hearts Club

Joey thought Corina would pick up on the first ring. He didn't know why he was so sure of himself. But he needed a human voice to listen to him.

Instead, he got ... "Hi, its Corina. Sorry, I missed your call. Just leave a message."

Well, he would talk to her, anyway.

"Hey?" He started. "Its me." But what if she didn't know who ME was? "It's..It's Joey. How-" He almost made a remark that Joey from FRIENDS always said HOW YOU DOING? He stopped himself. "I..I need to"

He bit his thumbnail, thinking she would think, this was so lame. How could he ask her to listen to him now? Yet, he hurried to deliver the message before he got cut off.  "See..uh..I..I met this girl..who..who I used to go out with..and..and the crazy" more time to talk about Becca.

Joey set on his bed, doing his best to keep the voices at bay. He was really scared. What had he done? So long ago?

If only he had Becca's phone number. If only she could tell him everything...

Because, what he thought had happen was totally different than her version. And her's had to be right? Why was his so warped?

He chewed at the thumbnail more.

Joey called Xander. At least he picked up. Naturally, Xander expected he needed a ride from a bar, that kind of thing.

"'m really fine." Joey told Xander he was home. He said Vada was still in Denver with Alo and her brother was off to the Grand Canyon with their other roommate. "Uh..well, I..I saw..Becca."

"Are you sure, it was her?" Xander sounded as if Joey was talking of another imaginary friend. After all, Xander never met her, and he didn't have a photo of her.

"Dakota was there. It was at the grocery store. Just ask her. Becca was with her baby." Joey told  him.

"What?" Now Xander sounded a bit peeved.

"God, of course, its not mine." Joey was certain. "Its just in my head, I..I thought she was..not a good person. You know, she might have been into drugs or s e x-trafficing, but its not like that. She said..she broke up with me..cause, I guess it was all me, you know. I was the one."

"What? Drugs and S E X Traficing?" Xander asked.

"I..I dunno." Joey's eyes lit. At least, he didn't think so. No one was coming for him, and he didn't have any tattoo that said he was owned by someone. "Look, I think..something BAD must have happened to me..when I was little."

"You, need to tell Patty this stuff, not me." Xander told him.

Joey let out a sigh. He hung up before the silence could linger between them.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Into the night

into the night

Corina knew she might be an awful person. But it was in those few minutes before they got to Effy and Jamie's that she put two and two together.

Oh, she didn't want it to be true. But then again, maybe she wanted Effy to hate her. She didn't know.

Yes, Corina was a little bit lost. Maybe, her own worst enemy.


1. She hadn't gone out to any late night party and had a one night stand.
2. She was still working.
3. She was still at the University plodding along..hoping for a degree in something..some day.


Was she really focused? Had she been on autopilot?

She was even too scared to apologize to Yuki, bringing him to see his ex.. with a new guy.

"It wasn't really a party, you know?" Still, she hoped he wasn't expecting a party. Not from her.

It was easy to see, they would go their separate ways. Except, he was still holding her hand, as they walked into the dark, toward campus.

She nursed her bottom lip, wondering how much worse it would get.

But he started to talk about how he didn't think he was in love with the first place.

"It was only high school. Everything seemed more dramatic, than it really was," Yuki said with a straight lip. "I felt she was suffocating me."

Corina nodded, thinking of her own past with Joey. Had it been that way? Was she just an annoying fangirl..that no one could really stand?

"Its different now." He looked at her as if maybe he'd grown as a person. Of course, Corina couldn't come to that conclusion, about herself. She only nodded.

"I like you." He finally confessed. And then, her Android came on like a warning. It was Joey.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The dinner party

the dinner party

Yuki, really hadn't thought much about where they were going. All that mattered, he wouldn't be stuck in his tiny dorm room, focused on a text book.

True, his grades were good, but he'd been in the NO FUN ZONE for an awful long time now.

Yes, his heart might still belong to his first love, but the distance of the University and studies had settled in like a long winter's night. It was spring wasn't it? Couldn't he do what normal people did now?

By May he would be showing off his medical skills at the local emergency room. He was almost there in the real world. At the moment, it was nice to go out and try something new.

Although, it didn't take Yuki long to know this was not exactly new. When he saw Effy's face, he acted as if he didn't know why she was so surprised.

It was easy to see she'd forgotten about him.

Oh, he'd heard that story of her's going around, how he was the one who was the stalker.

Yet, it was too late to talk about it now.

Effy was with that medical student Jamie and well, he was with Corina.

Naturally, he'd heard on the way over about Corina's best friend. Wouldn't Corina know of him by now, or did Effy leave that out, too?

He winced, trying to manage a relaxed appearance.

There were others. All that handshaking. Of course, he didn't like it at all. Germs.

But, he sat next to Effy in the floor. Not even a real table to eat on. Such an urban casual gathering.

And Corina acted as if they'd known each other for a very long time. He was certain he would be done with her, by now. All that giddiness was enough to last a life time, after thirty minutes.

After all, it was pulled pork on a bun with lots of chips and dips and a carrot or two, just to suffice a few hunger pains.

Afterwards, Effy went to pull out the board games. No way was Yuki going to sit through a few more hours of this.

He took Corina's hand.

"Let's go." He looked at her, as if they had leave.

"Huh?" She looked at him as if this was totally unexpected.

"I forgot...I..I have something I need to do." Suddenly, it was if he was suffocating. Somehow, Yuki always thought he'd meant more to Effy. He guessed not.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Then I know I don't have to hide from anyone

Then I know I don't have to hide from anyone

Becca almost took a step back.

Perhaps, it was a blast from the past, but she didn't miss him.

One thing for sure, she hadn't missed Joey.

There were several things she learned from being in a relationship with Joey.

1. Don't settle for a lazy bum who'd rather be on a used couch than going out.

2. Don't fuss over the little stuff.

3. Marry a man who will take out the trash.

4. Be thankful you didn't get completely mixed up with him, even if you almost did.

She pressed her lips tight, but she couldn't avoid him. Especially, when she could see he thought the worst.

After all, she was the one who broke up with him and went off to North Dakota to stay the winter with her brother's friend. Maybe she was never in the perfect family, it had been a tough road. Life had went on. She'd worked in a truck stop for some time. Yet, she'd managed to find a solider and they go married because..well, after all, they couldn't live without each other.

Soon he'd spent some time overseas, but he managed to return and then, they ended up here.

Still, it felt a lot to tell Joey. And with a 9 month old ready to get down and walk, life was always on the go.

"Oh, I didn't know." She smiled, but it was true..Becca didn't know Joey had a daughter.

He kept waiting for her resolve some truth.

"My husband, Cole..we live on the base." She nodded with a smile.

"I see." Still, he looked a bit lost as if it was all a lie.

"So you didn't go back to Minnesota?" She thought she remembered him saying, he was, but then he told her a lot of things she didn't quite believe. Sometimes, she thought he didn't believe a word she said.

"I..I thought went to your grandmother's." He then said.

She shook her head, no. Becca hadn't a clue what he was talking about. She shook her head, no.

"Hope, you're doing OK?" Becca didn't want to be concerned. She felt she didn't have to be. After all, she would have never thought about him, again..if she hadn't seen him.

"Oh, yeah." He cracked a smile. "You, too."