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  • I wrote it all down, each revealing detail, and pushed the sheet toward him across the table. He said my handwriting was childlike, although the message conveyed was anything but.

    Do you really, he said. Yes, I said. Yes, I really.

    I sat back on my chair, tilting my head backwards just a little, waiting, knowing he would be moving his eyes around my face for a good while, thoughtful, trying to figure out what it all meant.

    But would you, he asked. Yes, I said. Yes, I would.
  • He poured the wine, swallowed a spoonful of the soup, put his glass down. Both hands occupied, eyes still on me.

    But, he said. I waited. He shook his head, raised his glass again. I waited, watching his mouth, his lips parted; the red liquid flowed in between them, poured over his tongue, trickled down his throat. The distance between us is no more than the length of my arm, but we might as well have been on different continents, he said; I always feel like I am watching you from behind. I'm right here, I said, we're face to face, and I'm waiting for you to respond. He nodded, slowly. His eyes took a turn around the room and touched down on my lips, briefly, before landing on the piece of paper.

    He picked up the pen and started to cross out my sentences.
  • I waited. I waited, while word by word he crossed himself out of my story.
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