Flash Fiction Friday: I’ve Been Meaning to Read…

“Jaclyn!” I screamed at the sight of her.  I hadn’t seen Jaclyn for three years and couldn’t believe she had finally made it back to town.

“Carla?” she said as she turned slowly to look at me.  A smile of recognition crossed her face as her eyes met mine.  I rushed to her side.

“What are you doing here? I haven’t seen you in forever!”

“My cousin’s getting married tomorrow.”

“Oh yeah, Rebecca.  I forgot you two were related.  It’s so great to see you.  How have you been?”

“Been great.  You know, doing the whole family thing and stuff.  Nothing too crazy.  You?”

“I don’t know.  Nothing to spectacular or anything.  I mean, I guess i wrote a couple books.”

“That’s right!  I heard about them.”

“Yeah?  Didn’t really realize the news had gotten out.  I haven’t really told anyone about them or anything.”

“Your mom told my mom all about it.  My mom couldn’t wait to tell me.”

“Guess that makes sense.”

“Yeah.  But that’s pretty cool, right?  I mean, two books?  Not everyone can claim that.”

“I guess.”

“No, it’s a big deal.  I mean, I haven’t had the chance to read them or anything, but I’ve been meaning to.”

“It’s really okay.  I mean, I think they’re good and all, but I totally understand–”

“No, I’m serious, I’ve been meaning to read them for a while now, just haven’t gotten around to it.”

“Okay.”  I really find myself at a loss of words here.  Jaclyn’s not the first to use these words against me.  I mean, I get it.  What do you say to someone who’s done something like this.  I have tons of musician friends whom I keep meaning to get to see play live, but it’s just so late at night, and there’s the whole loud music scene with all the crowded people…and a cover charge?

Like I’m saying, I get it.  You want to let your friends know that you’re interested, even though being involved in what they’re doing is really far from what you’re actually interested in.  It’s like a needle-phobe wanting to watch their tattoo artist friend at work.  Well…that might be a bit unfair.


“Sorry,” I say, realizing that I’ve been staring.  “You just had me thinking about something.”

“Oh yeah, that reminds me.  I came up with the greatest story for you the other day!”


Little tongue in cheek this week 🙂


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