I’d been in the region for only a few months, but given the way things were going, I was ready to cash in my chips, and head back home.
I asked my girlfriend — who was literally my only friend — if she could explain why she was the only person I’d met since my arrival who liked me or wanted to spend time with me. She said, “You’re going about it all wrong. You’re trying way too hard. Your attempts border on the extremity and it’s turning people off.”
“Well what can I do?” I asked. “Or is it too late?”
“I think there’s yet a way you can redeem yourself,” she said. “You are a good person, a nice guy. You just need to be genuine and to remember to simply enjoy the little things.”
That sounded good, until I found out later that something sinister was, indeed, afoot. It turns out that it wasn’t me who was the problem, it was her. She was sabotaging me because she wanted me all to herself. She was a conniving, controlling bitch. But at the end of the day, I really did enjoy the little things. Well, the little parts of her that I disposed of after I…. Well, that’s a story for another time, perhaps.
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt. Photo credit: Pixabay.com. Also for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (happenstance), Word of the Day Challenge (exhausted), redeem The Daily Spur (region), Your Daily Word Prompt (extremity), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (redeem).