Predicting Dialogue

I leaf through a magazine during the television show. One of those nighttime dramas she continues to watch though she mostly laughs at the quick resolutions to unlikely problems.

We are on a large re-upholstered sofa. I sit near the east wall, under the weak lamp.

There used to be a small couch here. Often we’d sit drinking wine and laughing at what was said on the television. It became easy for us to predict what character A would say and how character B would respond.

On more than one occasion we’d get the dialogue exactly, word for word. There were times we’d speak in unison with the flat characters on the screen. Something like, “now I know where you stand,” or “where there was once pleasure now there is pain.” After such a moment we’d toast our makeshift wine glasses and laugh through the previews for upcoming dramas.

Tonight, we are silent. I gaze at the glossy pages of the magazine and imagine what will come next. How character A will end the conversation. It’s painfully obvious and I know we both think the same thing.

Predicting Dialogue

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Salt Lake City, United States

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