Friday, July 08, 2011

Come Undone

Who do you need?
Who do you love?
When you come undone?
     --Duran Duran, Come Undone

“Hey, are you alright?”


“Earth to Selene. Come in please.”


“Are you alright?”

“Sure. I guess. Yeah, I’m fine.”

“You don’t look fine. You really haven’t been yourself tonight.”

“Sorry. I’m a little distracted, I guess.”

“A little…?”

“Yeah, I guess.”

“If you don’t want to tell your best friend about it, that’s okey. But we girls have to have each other’s backs, you know.”

“Yes, I know. I sorry. I don’t mean to be a drag. I don’t know what’s with me.”

“You need more sleep. That’s one thing.”


“And that’s why I’m sending you home to bed right now. I’m serious.”

“I know you’re right.”

“Well chop-chop. March, young lady. We’re done here, obviously.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

The two traded money to pay the check and walked out of the restaurant. With high heels on the curb, Selene hailed a cab.

“You’re okay from here?”

“Definitely,” Selene said.

“I’ll see you tomorrow, then. I expect to see you rested.”

“Doctor’s orders….”

Selene slammed the door, and the cabbie pulled out. She waved back to the sidewalk where her friend had started walking, but the gesture was clipped and brief.

After she gave her address, she stared out at the passing city streets.

She knew her face had fallen. The meager façade was gone.

The cellphone turned in her fingers.

Six blocks later, she called him.


Shadow said...


SzélsőFa said...

she totally was distracted - i wonder if he is worth it. i bet he's not :D

i'm also glad to have gotten the 'Earth to Selene' joke, well, for the second read :)))

Name said...

Even I don't think he is worth it. Lucidly written. The song drew me here. My favorite.

Anonymous said...

Shadow, Szelsofa, Open Ends,

Interesting that you read it as he was the cause of her distress. Of course, I intentionally write these pieces thinly, without much commentary. It's open to interpretation. In my mind, she was upset about something else, maybe work. He is the answer to the song's question.

SzélsőFa said...

perhaps our interpretations reflects a confronting attitude, whereas the other one is one looking for comfort (unfortunately i am not familiar with the exact terms, but i'm referring to the two personality types)