We Need to Talk

She searched for the right word. Hostility? No, that wasn’t right. Indifferent? She’d once read that the opposite of love wasn’t hate at all, but indifference. Was that what she felt? It was hard to say.

She listened to him in the shower singing his same old shower song. Skylark, have you anything to say to me? He would hum the rest while he shaved. How many times had she heard this? A thousand? More?

She sat on the bed, ran the fabric through her fingers. The silk trim was much nicer than anything he would have bought for her.


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  1. Joy Pixley

    I would have hoped she’d bought it for herself, except for the title. He’s not going to like this talk. But then, one day she just might hear a bar of Skylark and regret this day.

  2. Dale

    I always said that once you read the stage of indifference, there is no going back. Hate is an emotion; indifference, you just don’t care anymore.
    Well done.

  3. draliman

    I think love often does turn to indifference rather than hate. Things seem to just peter out.
    I’m wondering if she bought the silky item for herself or if there’s someone else in the mix…

  4. James

    Actually, I suspect that there are plenty of long lasting marriages where the couple has drifted apart and lead individual lives, only occasionally intersecting.

  5. Varad

    Ouch! Guess he might react with a shrug when she tells him that it’s not working out anymore. The last line was brilliant. Good one, JHC

  6. pennygadd51

    A good description of a failing relationship. I like the irony of the shower song’s words; you chose them carefully, I’m sure. Too late for that couple I fear.

  7. gahlearner

    Great atmosphere, I feel trapped in the same-old with her, time to break out. Indifference is so much better than hatred, especially when children are involved.

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