After my beloved married a woman I knew and despised, I went into a lonely enclosed space. I worked, I came home. Nothing and no one mattered to me. The world was a dank empty place.
Maybe if the woman he married had been admirable, I could put her a few steps above me and accept their relationship. I don’t know, all I knew was that for weeks, months I moved in a dark fog.
Patrick was one of many co-workers. He was a sad man, very quiet. Often we found ourselves together in comfortable silence. We would site at the same far corner rejected table during lunch, bathing in silence.
Everyone was trying to ‘set us up’ with their various friends and relatives. Somehow, we decided to mock date to shut up those around us.
It was simple, there was a Xmas party and although my knee jerk was to not go, sitting with Patrick over lunch I asked if he was going.
“Do we have a choice?” he had replied.
As our company was big on ‘group effort’ and ‘team spirit‘ not going might be detrimental to our careers.
I suppose the nausea on my face was loud, and Patrick said; “We go together and leave early.”
“That is a great idea..!” I realised.
We’d give the impression we were ‘together’ so everyone would stop trying to ‘set us up’. We’d leave together, early, so that everyone would believe we were having some ‘alone time.’
By one easy step, we would end all annoyance.