Story Instalment 9: Swallowing Egos.

ON BLACKBERRY SCREEN. LARUEN READS A MESSAGE FROM BARBARA.

Barbara: “So…? How did your presentation go? Celebratory drinks?” SEEN 15:40PM.

Laura didn’t want to reply. She had more important things on her mind at the moment.

FLASHBACK

LOCKS TURNING. DOOR OPENING. HEELS HITTING THE HARDWOOD FLOOR MAKING A HUGE THUMP SOUND. A MAN’S VOICE COMES YELLING FROM THE KITCHEN.

Man’s voice: “How was the interview babe?”

NO ANSWER. FOOTSTEPS WENT STRAIGHT TO THE LIVING ROOM.

Man’s voice sounded concerned: “Babe? Lauren?”

MAN COMES PEEPING OUT OF KITCHEN, AND LOOKS INTO THE LIVING ROOM. HE SEES A WOMAN SITTING ON THE SOFA WITH HER LEGS CURLED UP. HER CHIN BURIED IN THE CUSHION, ONLY HER BIG BLUE EYES ARE VISIBLE.

Man sat down on the sofa next to the woman. He extended his right arm around the woman, looked her in the eyes and said, “Hey babe, it’s okay, there’s always another opportunities. This isn’t the only one.”

Woman said in a slightly raspy voice, “I’m a failure, aren’t I. I can’t do anything right. Am I just wasting time?”, a drop of tear slid down the side of her face.

Man planted a kiss on her forehead and pulled her closer to his body with both arms, “Oh honey, don’t be silly, of course you’re not. You’ve come so far! I’m already really proud of you! Now come here…” The man pulled her closer and the woman felt more than the warmth of the man’s hug, but also the love that came with the hug. At that moment, she was convinced that the hug was all she needed,  as long as she was wrapped up in his arms, everything will be alright.

Unfortunately, the hug wasn’t the cure. Because there were still mouths to feed, bills to pay and a huge ego to swallow.

Lauren and the man broke up shortly after. She had a huge ego and he couldn’t take it, or rather, Lauren attributed the reason of breaking up to clashes in aspirations, differences in life goals and disagreements on laundry detergents.

Life isn’t going to get better just because of a few hugs and kisses.

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