Issue 35, Final Fringe

I Will Miss You When You Are Gone

by Jacob Driscoll Issue 24 11.15.2010


I was there when the love of my suicide-bomber friend was killed, when she stepped into the street and was hit by the next moving van that came hurtling down that broad avenue. Mostly bloodless, she crumpled up like a rag doll and her purse contents spilled out on the ground and her juice bottle shattered under the tires of the truck and left a streak on the dry pavement. The squealing tires smelt of burnt rubber and also apple-cranberry, sweet and bitter at once.

I stayed with him for some time. He was depressed, shell-shocked or crying, until he discovered where to get some explosives, and started talking about justice. I’d never seen him happier than when he woke me up at 3 a.m. to tell me one phrase.

This was the phrase: “Nothing is forever.”

It meant that he knew that love was rapid oxidation, and that made the world make sense again.

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Jacob Driscoll

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Jacob Driscoll believes that you are a good person. He wants you to know you are not alone. He is cheering for you. Jacob lives and writes in Brooklyn. He has written interactive fiction for EN Publishing, including The Indomitable Fire Forest of Inennotdar and the upcoming The Dying Skyseer. He knows you can pull through this.