Sideways

Candice came towards me sideways with a smile and a hug peering out of the corner of her eye to make sure that everyone saw her warmth. I hugged back knowing that it was false. I had desired her friendship at one point. I had enjoyed her wit, her beauty, her ability to feel. I soon came to realize that her pain was deep. She had a tough exterior that few people saw. The shell around her was thick and seemingly unpenetrable.

When we first became friends, Candice dug into me. She quizzed me on my thoughts and feelings. We were able to discuss anything. It was nice to have someone to talk to. She had needed a friend, like I did, and we filled empty holes for each other.

It was not until Simon came into the picture that I began to realize the dark hiding places where Candice had been lurking. He was my man and I adored him. It was wonderful having them both. Candice was my confidant, and Simon was my life. She became coarse to me. Her annoyance when she was not the center of attention began to grow. I heard the biting ad libs that she would make about me. No one else seemed to notice, but I heard them. I saw the sadness on her face after the fact. It was if she had no control over her tongue. I knew she was trying not to let it happen. Her black emotions eventually won her over.

Candice and I fell apart. I could no longer trust her. I ached with sadness that I had lost her friendship. She had made up her mind to hate me for reasons that I could not control. The most painful part was the false front that was put up for everyone else’s benefit. I said nothing to anyone and let her have her way. I knew she was in pain, too.

One evening, I decided to speak to Candice about our downfall. I drove to her house and parked across the street. I sat in my car and thought about what I should say. It was then that it all came crashing down. Simon pulled into her driveway. He walked up to the door. When it opened, I saw them embrace. White cold went running through my entire body. It was not anger. It was an intense sadness. As I drove away, my brain could only think of one phrase… Candice is a Cancer.

Sideways

Zolton

Portland, United States

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This is for the zodiac13: Cancer competition.

Disclaimer: This is complete fiction. I have wonderful crab friends!

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