Friday, August 8, 2008

A Losing Proposition



Gary and I were sitting in his sister's car, AC blasting to ward off the DC September heat, sharing a Dean and Delucca prociutto sandwich when he turned to me with a conspirational smile. I smiled back, already excited to join him on whatever off the wall adventure he was about to suggest.
"Dude, I have the best idea!"
"Great! What is it?"
"Well, you know how neither one of us has a girlfriend or a boyfriend right now?"
"Don't remind me - I'm trying hard to forget it..."
At that point, my heart was beginning to beat a little faster. I'd never really thought of Gary in that way, he'd always been a really fun buddy who was always game for a party. But he was decent looking and I was crazy lonely. I was beginning to wonder if today was going to be the first day of a glorious relationship - one that could lead to marriage and kids one day.
"So dude, I was thinking that maybe we should hook up, you know, while we don't have anyone else."
"Are you for real! You mean, just hook up, no relationship, no commitment, just until something better comes along?"

Gary turned to me, still smiling, still proud of his stroke of inspiration.

"Yeah, so what do you think?"
"What do I think? I think you're an a**hole, that's what! Take me home, I'm done hanging out."
"What? You don't think it's a good idea? I thought you had nothing to do all afternoon? Why do you want to go home?"
"Just take me home."
"Are you pissed?"
"..."
"Why aren't you talking? Are you mad at me? What did I say? Why are you mad?"
"Look - I'm not mad - just take me home."
"But, I thought we were going to go to the music store?"
"Just take me home ... NOW."

And that day marked the end of a beautiful friendship.

The Fiction Friday prompt for today was: Write about a failed proposal.

7 comments:

K. Whitton-Williams said...

Very Nice. It's so true (and you told it so well) how as soon as one's hopes are raised "I was beginning to wonder if today was going to be the first day of a glorious relationship"

They can so easily be dashed.

"You mean, just hook up, no relationship, no commitment, just until something better comes along. . ."

Thanks for the read. Koe

Paul said...

You know, if he opens his mouth just a little bit wider, I'm sure he could get that other foot in there too... ;-)

I think she should have broken the friendship off the first time he started calling her dude...!

The Countess said...

"You mean, just hook up, no relationship, no commitment, just until something better comes along. . ."

I have heard this line before. I think he's just in it for the sex. Or maybe not.

The hilarity of it is that it is actually true in real life, but both parties deny the friendship at stake, they are lonely and they just need the companionship. Then again, maybe they just need a good lay.

And "Dude?!" Once you call me dude, you're automatically on my "You're like a brother to me" list.

arialburnz said...

Nicely done! Isn't it amazing the way we women can go rapid-fire from one thought to the next, taking our emotions along for the ride? I love the way you protrayed all that in such a short span of time.

Great read!

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veryjerrylike said...

Don't we men just have the most practical ideas? We see a problem, and we instantly come up with a solution!

Great and fun post by the way, and a tricky ethical situation at that.

Rob said...

Wow. You hit it right out of the park here! Just like a guy to see a "problem" and propose a "solution". I'm sure he really thought it was a solution, too! Somehow I feel bad for him, though, because he won't ever know just why the friendship ended since she wouldn't tell him. I've totally been on that receiving end of the "if you don't know why this is wrong, then I'm not going to tell you" logic.

You got this right from both sides. Nice work.

Annie said...

nice pace - and yes - one you get called Dude - AND considered to be potential 'hook up' material - is the time to run. what an idiot.. and how sad really for both of them to lose a great friendship.