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You Knew What This Was

CATHERINE: Hey.

DAMIAN: Cathérine…

CATHERINE: You’re leaving already?

DAMIAN: Yes, I…

CATHERINE: What?

DAMIAN: Can I speak with you for a moment?

CATHERINE: Why else would I be here? What is it?

DAMIAN: I’m leaving.

CATHERINE: As in… leaving?

DAMIAN: For New York. Tonight.

CATHERINE: Why?

DAMIAN: It’s uh… it’s complicated. It’s family. Business. The family business, it’s this whole—I don’t know. It’s complicated.

CATHERINE: How long will you be gone?

DAMIAN: The ticket is one way. Not that I won’t come back, but… I’m moving. There. To New York. Permanently.

CATHERINE: When were you going to tell me?

DAMIAN: I wanted to, I just… I don’t know, I kept…

CATHERINE: Damian… when were you going to tell me?

DAMIAN: Listen, Cathérine—

CATHERINE: Oh, God.

DAMIAN: I didn’t want to make a huge deal out of this—

CATHERINE: How is this not a big deal?

DAMIAN: What are you angry about?

CATHERINE: Are you serious? You’re serious.

DAMIAN: Katrientje—

CATHERINE: Don’t you dare!

DAMIAN: No, you’re right, I should have told you. It’s good manners, I suppose. Oh, come on, don’t look at me like that.

CATHERINE: Good manners? Good manners is telling your girlfriend about your moving to another country? How about making her the first person you tell?

DAMIAN: He is a business partner—

CATHERINE: I am your girlfriend! Aren’t I? Do you even want me to come with you?

DAMIAN: Is that what you want? I don’t know how you’d—

CATHERINE: It’s not about wanting, Damian, I—

DAMIAN: I’m not going to ask you to uproot your life—

CATHERINE: Well, good.

DAMIAN: Why do you even care so much?

CATHERINE: It just would have been nice to be consulted. To be told.

DAMIAN: Well, now I’ve told you. Look, I don’t want to leave this on bad terms.

CATHERINE: Why not?

DAMIAN: I will be back—

CATHERINE: Damian.

DAMIAN: No, you’re right.

CATHERINE: Can you at least admit it? That I was only ever a quick fuck to you?

DAMIAN: That isn’t all you’ve been. But yes, our relationship always did have a shelf-life.

CATHERINE: What should I do with this key?

DAMIAN: You could give it to him, I suppose.

CATHERINE: And what should I do with myself?

DAMIAN: Come, now. I may have bruised your pride, but you know as well as I, I haven’t broken your heart. Friends?

CATHERINE: I’ll get back to you.

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About Polypsyches

I write, regardless of medium or genre, but mostly I manage a complex combined Science-Fiction/Fantasy Universe--in other words, I'm building Geek Heaven. With some other stuff on the side. View all posts by Polypsyches

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