“Dude, did you even hear what I just said?” I asked the moron beside me that was my best friend, Jeremy. He was reading a stupid book again. Maybe that was why he wanted to ‘hang out’ in the park in the first place. It really was a glorious day but I felt used.
“Huh?” he said, not even taking his eyes off the pages. I hated it when people did that stupid noncommittal sound. I sighed as I leaned back against an old tree.
“I said, dum-dum, I slept with your sister.” It wasn’t true but I wanted to see his reaction and maybe annoy him a little bit just to get back at him for using me. “And I was the one who spat on your water when we were six.”
“Uh- huh.” Jeremy said as he flipped another page of the book.
“God, you’re sounding dumber and dumber. I don’t think that book’s going to do you any good.” I said and pried the book away from him.
“Is this a new one? Hmm, how fascinating. ” I skimmed through the pages until I got to the end, half- wrestling Jeremy away from the book. “Ah, so what happens in the end? Shall we read-”
“Don’t you dare do that again, Peters.” he said threateningly. The last time he called me by my last name was when I read out loud the last few pages of a book he had yet to finish. He didn’t talk to me for almost an hour. I knew then that I had crossed the line and so I gave him back the book.
“Only joking, Darby. No need to get all worked up now. I wasn’t even going to read it, anyway. I was already bored to bits just skimming through it.” I said as I sat back down and turned to watch people strolling nearby.
“For your information, this is a classical tale of-”
But of whatever tale it was I never heard because at that moment, my eyes fell upon the most beautiful girl in existence. It felt like my heart dropped down to my knees and was attempting to do a somersault or something. My mind went completely blank. Everything was dimmed except for the area around her and I was momentarily blinded, and deaf, too, it seemed when I realized that Jeremy was still talking to me. He waved his hands in front of my face.
“You even listening?” he asked.
“Huh?” I felt utterly stupid.
“What are you grinning about? You look ridiculous, you should-” Jeremy stopped and I saw his head swivel to the front from the corner of my eye.
I turned to look at him and saw him smirk. “What?” I asked, a little too defensively.
He laughed as he shook his head, “Dum- dum.”
Another short fiction story based on a photo I saw, courtesy of Photos Public Domain.
I hope you have a good one!