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Κλαις; (short story)

The following story is a work of fiction and bears no relation to existing people or events

Now you say you’re lonely
You cried the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Nadja: Why are you looking at me like that?
Bill: I followed you down the street, once.

You ask people to forgive but you do not forgive yourself. And it’s very telling how you now respond by icing these people & withdrawing emotional intimacy seemingly as form of punishment.

Why nuke all these shared moments? Why burn Leda and the Swan? Emotional withdrawal and withdrawal of intimacy is what an abuser does in a toxic relationship.

You said you were a Kafka fan, and I remember how Kafka wanted all his work destroyed after his death. We are only able to read his works in the present because someone violated Kafka’s deathbed wish. I could no longer read Kafka when I found out.

Because I have saved a couple of the moments you’ve nuked, I have now unwillingly become the keeper of a secret.

I have a moment here where you’re drunkenly trying to play Bach. You stagger over to your piano, arrange the tabs with trembling hands & begin to play, I can tell by ear that you are messing up, quickly you give up. You stagger back to the microphone, you apologize, go back to the piano and then you play the blues which you manage better.

I kept this moment because I was surprised at how self-conscious you were of your playing despite being so drunk. I came across this moment while researching you, back when I was so angry at you yet fascinated enough to keep searching for the answers you would not give. It was a moment that humanized you in my eyes after I had so thoroughly dehumanized you, so I kept it. Because before that moment, I could only see you as a drunk in a dress.

This moment, by virtue of being memory-holed by you, has now been turned into a secret, and I have become the keeper of this secret against my will. Secrets burn a hole in your soul the way money burns a hole in your poket, and I hate being the keeper of secrets.

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