a diner on a Wednesday at midnight

They sat across from each other in a vacant diner at midnight, high out of their minds, and pancakes in front of them. The pancakes, had the couple been sober, were bad. They sucked. No one comes here and orders the pancakes, especially not in the middle of the night. But to them, two stoned 21-year-olds, they were the best pancakes they’d ever had.

The man, tall, about six foot, unshaven, stomach just about reaching the table in front of him from where he sat back on the booth, made a joke about the pancakes and the woman, despite her best efforts, laughed. She didn’t think the joke was funny, in fact it might’ve even been the worst joke she’d ever heard, but she had the social obligation to act like she cared about him.

And he thought she cared. He was so certain that she cared because he lied so flawlessly whenever she came close to catching him. He was so convinced no one would ever catch his lies; he’s been doing it his whole life, at this point change his name to Lyin’ Brian. And she didn’t want to believe he would deceive her like he did. He was so nice, and so caring, how could someone be so heartless?

So, she had her suspicions and he had his bad jokes, and together they had bad decisions. They both thought they were made for each other, how silly that seems to them now. Because when it came down to it, she could only manage a laugh with him when she smoked, and he could only exist in the world when he did. And what kind of life is that?



  1. jonicaggiano says:

    I enjoyed your story because it is very real and yet simple. Two people that find a life together where they have both settled and most likely neither of them even like the other. Yet it is too late for them. Their lives are a facade a game they play so they can stand to be around each other at all. Easier to stay than to go. Well done Lauren! Have a blessed Monday. Love Joni

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  2. Woodsy says:

    Sometimes, there is a beautiful sadness in the way things play out…
    and here you come along, capturing the beauty and the sadness.

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  3. KT Workman says:

    It’s a sad, sad life. You captured a truth played out in many homes. Bravo! 👏👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

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