A totally not-awkward friendly proposition

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I think I found a grey area. I mean, what exactly are the boundaries?

Submitted: September 10, 2012

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I never understood people who cheated on their significant others. If you don't want to be wi them and you'd rather be with someone else, then why don't you just do it? There was always a black and white, good and bad, moral and immoral. So naturally I'd run into a grey area.

Do you ever have one of those friends who you don't really know how or when you became friends? Well, that's how Jake and I were. We'd officially met in his bedroom months earlier-when I was messing around with his roommate-but we never talked in relation to anything besides his roommate until the first weekend back at school. I'd baked cookies and offered him some. Then suddenly I saw him everywhere. I'd run into him at dinner, walking to class, getting my mail-I guess I can thank good timing or aligned schedules or some other \"fate\" like reason.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with having male friends. Everyone has friends of the opposite sex. It wasn't until Michael, my boyfriend, moved four states away for a co-op study. Now, his state and my state happen to have a two hour time difference as well as the fact that he works thirteen hours a day. When your boyfriend of six weeks moves four states away for three months and you can only talk to him for maybe an hour, things get tricky.

I would never cheat. Ever. But I'm starting to understand how people could. Michael was gone only a week before I get a text message from Jake at 1 AM: \"you still up?\"

\"yes, why?\" I'd asked.

\"I have a totally non-awkward friendly proposition\"

\"go on...\"

\"I know how lonely it can be being in a long distance relationship. If you ever need a friend or a place to stay you can stay at my place. I have an extra bed you can stay in\"

This isn't my first rodeo. I know when a man offers you to stay in his extra bed he's only planning on doing that if HE is in it with you. But, cuddling isn't cheating, is it? If you'd be comfortable with doing something in public, that means it's not intimate, which means it's mot cheating, right?

\"Jak, thank you so much. You have no idea how much that means to me-just as long as you behave yourself\"

\"of course of course! I'd never fuck up your relationship. I'm not like that. I just like the people I care about to be happy.\"

\"you don't even know me that well.\"

\"I know you well enough to know that you're a wonderful person. Don't let anyone tell you differently.\"

I fell asleep soon after that, before I could figure out his true motives. I fail to believe there is a man on this planet who would do that without any ulterior motive.

Michael is wonderful. He really is. But how are you supposed to grow a six week relationship when you guys don't have time to talk, to see each other, or anything? All my friends tell me to end it and chase after Jake. I don't think it would be a stretch to say that he likes me, and he already talks to me like I'm special-one of Michael's weak points. He's still no Michael, and I'd do anything to try to make it work. But if I were to take Jake up on his offer, could you really blame me?


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