The EX-Boyfriend

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About a guy that goes to a party with his girlfriend who runs into her ex-boyfriend there...

Submitted: February 03, 2018

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  “The EX-Boyfriend”

 

Something

is just not

right

he whispered

to himself

as she looked

at him

from across a

crowded room

she could see

he was

uncomfortable

standing there

alone

she tried to

give him

a reassuring

smile

but faint

was all he

got

from her

he knew

that he

didn’t fit in

with any of

her friends

the best

he got

from some

of them

was an uneasy

tolerance

of his presents

but many weren’t

so charitable

towards him

they exploited

any weakness

he was foolish

enough to show

in conversation

he was in

dire need

of some support

a stand from

her

besides her man

but he could

see now

that wasn’t going

to happen

she wasn’t going

to throw him

a line

she just sat

and watched him

bob

up and down

in the water

of this social

swamp

waiting for him

to go under

for the last

time,

he had thought

about

making a

play

a show of

force

he had reason

enough

their accidental

shoulder bumps

whenever he

moved across

the room

letting him know

they were

ready

anytime he

wanted,

he could chose

from two or

three

of the guys

each hoping for

a ticket to

a quick fight

that they might

be mistaking for

as easy,

he could see

her

laughing and

talking

with one of

the guys

who just let

him know

he wasn’t welcome

here

with a cold

stare

following him

to the kitchen

as he went

for a beer

it wasn’t a

fight

that worried him

he had walked

away

and been

beaten down

from more

than he could

count

being bloodied

was nothing new

to him

what bothered

him

was why?

He remembers

when she said

she had got

invited to a

friend’s party

they hadn’t been

doing a lot

together socially

work and home

were the only

two places

they ever seemed

to be

she was excited

about the up

coming night

which he thought

he was to be

included in

an assumption

that was news

to her

he realizes now

he should have

let her go

given her space

but he wanted

to show

he belonged

with her

but

she saw it

as her

belonging to him

mistake #1,

so he came

with her

brought a 12-pack

of beer

and a fifth

of upscale vodka

for the host

an old friend

of hers,

he had met

her

“Barbara”

twice before

she looked

surprised

to see him

as he handed

her

the vodka

“this might

prove to be

an interesting

night”

she said

looking at the

vodka

but he knew

she was talking

about him

he slides

two beers out

of the 12-pack

as she turns

to put them

away

leaving the girls

in the kitchen

as he takes

a spot

in the large

living room,

that was an

hour ago

she checked

on him twice

since then

stiffly standing

next to him

for a minute

as they talked

he could feel

her tension

in the air

was she ashamed

of him

did he lose

her

when he stepped

through that

front door

he leaned in

to lightly kiss

her

she took

half a step

back

bringing her

drink up

to parley

his attempt

she gave him

a sad smile

instead

before chasing after

a couple of

her friends,

he looked around

the room

a few people

looking back

but none

holding onto

his gaze

for more than

a second or two

what was this

party to her

anyways,

he went to

the kitchen

found his vodka

poured a generous

amount

into his half

drank beer

he was watching

her

when the door

opened

the look that

took over her

face

excitement

and nervousness

mixed together

her eyes as

wide

as they could

possibly go

he looked at

the doorway

he saw him

standing in the

doorway

her ex-boyfriend

without his

present day

girlfriend

he studied his

girlfriend

as she struggled

to hide

some of her

feelings

and tone down

a stare

that looked like

she had no

control over

the whole room

could see

the real reason

she was at

the party

the whispers

of people

“did you hear

his girlfriend

dumped him

two weeks ago”

he does the

math,

right when she

got the call

for the party

he knows now

why she had

been

so distant

the last two

weeks

it wasn’t him

going to the

party

it was just

him,

he called out

her name

breaking her

fixated stare

the excitement

washing from

her face

as she turns

towards him

dispointment

taking its place

as if she is

surprised to see

he was still

here

her look

cut right through

him

as she held up

one finger

asking him for

one minute

before turning away

and rushing towards

the front door

along with

most of the

others

at the party,

the return

of the conquering

hero

he thought

to himself

he couldn’t help

but start

sizing him up

he had a certain

ruggedness

about him

that propelled

him

into the lead

of this statistical

bout

he entered himself

into with him

he started looking

for faults

in the ex’s

armor

to try and

catch up

to the current

points leader

he could hear

him talking

and quickly

picked up points

in intelligence

his replies

to simple questions

quite easily

established

that fact

but he got

lapped

when he compared

charisma

he could see

the ladies were

hanging all over

his words

and when given

the chance

his body

and his girl

was now trying

to fight her way

to the front

of the pack

to get a little

squeeze

and touch

of her own

along with

some of his

attention

he hadn’t thought

about it before

but when a

woman

hasn’t seen a

guy

they have an

interest in

for a while

they ask the

same questions

“you look great

have you been

working out”

“all alone tonight

where is that

sexy girlfriend

of yours?”

knowing full well

she had dumped

him

and of course

“we should get

together and

catch up

sometime

go for coffee

or a drink”

hoping he picks

the latter

if its coffee

it means as

friends

with possibilities,

for a drink

well that’s one

giant step past

the friend zone

closer to the

bedroom

two other girls

asked him

some form of

those three

questions

each got coffee

as the third

answer

but when he

saw his girl

he rushed up

to hug her,

he couldn’t hear

them as they

talked

but her face

was so flushed

he thought she

might faint

and the way

the ex kept

looking up and

down her body

as if he was

trying to decide

which end

he was going

to

start devouring

first

had him clenching

his fists

you could see

the looks from

the other girls

it was as

obvious

to them

as it was to

him now also

there was much

more

than just a

spark left

between them

he watched as

they went through

the motions

other people

coming up

and saying hi,

but they were

only seeing

each other

it took a while

till she glanced

in his direction

all of a sudden

remembering

he was still

there

disappointment

again

took control

of her face

which she

didn’t try and

hide

her ex noticed

this

and followed her

eyes

back to him

he watched him

look back at

her

mouthing the

words

“who is he”

the ex looks

back

and nods to him

she is also

looking

at him

as she talks

to her ex

he holds his

beer

with the vodka

poured in it

up to them

as if making

a toast

in their honor

a show of

confidence

to both of

them

on his part,

he didn’t really

know

what he was

feeling

he thought

he loved her

but things

hadn’t been

what they were

a month ago

and these last

two weeks

she’s picked

fights

with him

at every turn

was she just

leading up

to a reason

to leave him

he can’t help

but notice

the other people

at the party

have left the

ex-couple alone

“they have a lot

of catching up

to do”

one girl

tells another

as they walk

past him

as if he wasn’t

there

the funny thing

is that he’s

not as pissed

off

as he thought

he would be

maybe he didn’t

love her

and he always

knew it,

he watches

them

as they keep

looking at

each other

as they walk

to the kitchen

she helps him

make a drink

with the vodka

he brought

she is giddy

like a school

girl

but he’s not

swept over

by love

in the same

fashion

as her

she looks so

cute

over exaggerating

her smiles

and poses

he had forgotten

how sexy

she can look

when she

poured on

the charm

he turned away

he had already

seen more than

he wanted

tonight

he found a

back corner

to call his

own

finished his

beer

with the vodka

poured into it

feeling like

he could really

use another one

but couldn’t really

predict

what he’d do

if he caught

them

still talking

or even worse

in the kitchen

then as he

stood there

thinking

she came up

to him

he looked

closely

at her

more than

maybe

he had in

a long time

she was so

beautiful

he didn’t really

hear

the words

she was saying

he was taking

in

every little

detail

of her face

as if he had

just met her

for the first

time,

time slowed

to a crawl

for him

he found the

tiny scar

that hide in

her eyelash

he had forgotten

it was ever

there,

the light

sprinkling of

freckles

the summer

sun

brings out

on her face,

how her hair

sometimes falls

in such a way

that it covers

her left eye

he had fallen

in love with

that face

the first time

he saw it

maybe

it was his

fault

not appreciating

all the little

things

about her

taking her

presents

in his life

for granted

he just didn’t

know anymore,

the sound of

her voice

slowly becomes

louder

and clearer

in his head

time begins

to sync up

for him

as he heard

her last couple

of sentences

“so when your

ready to go

just take my

car,

I think I am

going to stay

the night here

with Barbara

it’s been ages

since we spent

time together”

she starts to

hand him her

keys

he can’t stop

looking

in to her

eyes

as he reaches

for them

he wants to

pull her close

feel her body

up against

his

and kiss her

but she’s already

pulling away

from him

he’s still holding

her hand

with the keys

in them

her fingers

slowly slipping

from his grasp

and the keys

fall to the

highly polished

wooden floor

with a heavy

sounding thud

getting the

attention

of the few

people

not already

watching

the anticipated

climax

of the party

he turns for

the door

leaving the keys

in the middle

of the floor

and as he

approaches

the door

for no reason

he can

think of

he wonders if

the keys left

a mark

on that

highly polished

wooden floor

when they hit,

“don’t you want

the car

so you can

get back home”

she says

a little bewildered

by his actions

“don’t worry

about me babe

I’ll find a way

home”

she just stood

there

staring at

his back

as he went

to the door

not sure what

to make

about this

as one of

the other girls

bends down

to pick up

the keys

for her

he doesn’t look

back

as he walks

through the open

door

and right before

the door closes

behind him

he hears the

girl

picking up the

keys say

“Barbara, I think

the keys

made a nick

in your floor”

he pauses

on the porch

of this house

in the hills of

San Fernando

and looks out

over the valley,

the weight

of the day

disappearing

with the summer

sun

the first lights

of the night

start popping

up

on the valley

floor

down below

as he takes

his first few

steps

towards home

and he comes

to the conclusion

that he did

really love

her…

 

Tom Allen…01-29-2018…

 

 

 


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