The Lines We’re Meant to Say

written by God or, whoever

NEBOH

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“Damn, I missed my lines.”

5. When I got to school, everything felt so different. It was in the air, this general yearning for something to kill me off. Not, like, suicidal, but paranoid. I had woken up an hour earlier, terribly tired, and my eyes were so red that I could see red, to an extent. That was the day I saw Chastity. The new one. Soon, I would find out what that meant.

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“I’m gonna see you every day for the rest of your life,” she told me. A jolt of intrigue went through me. “No, not marriage, tonto! Stronger than marriage. It’s a promise. I want to see you every day ‘cuz you are my friend.” I was partially happy. I didn’t have the mind to think about where she came up with this idea. I kind of was just glad she didn’t die in the woods, and I liked her new look.

I woke up every morning at my parents’, and on my lazy walks to school I didn’t see Chastity at all — for about a week. In fact, the only times I did see her were on the news. They showed the boy she had hurt and the plane she had taken down. I couldn’t believe it was the same Chastity. I was the only one who knew she was back too. Kinda hot.

One day, she came from out of the bushes or somewhere and poked me on the back. I looked as if I knew it was her, which, I definitely didn’t know.

Then she mumbled, “Oil me up!” sensually.

“What the — ?”

“Damn, I missed my lines.”

“Whadda you mean? That sounded right to me,” I said to her as I started walking, rubbing my chest to show it. She sped up to get ahead and halted me.

“You know the actors in, oh, Bollywood?”

“You mean Hollywood?”

She laughed at me ominously and looked at the sun. She always seemed to be looking at the sun. “No, where they make movies in Bombay. Anyway, actors have lines, just like regular people. Everybody’s got a line. Written by God or, whoever. You say the wrong thing at the wrong time, you can usually feel it.”

“I guess. Hey, what was up with that ‘I’ll see you every day of your life’ crap? I haven’t seen you, clearly.”

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NEBOH

No Expert But Of Himself—Just writing what I know, a bit of what I think I know, hopefully I help others know a bit more than they knew.