Issue 35, Final Fringe

I Will Miss You When You Are Gone

by Jacob Driscoll Issue 24 11.15.2010


The woman of my dreams told me, with our fingers entwined, that all I would ever need to give her was love.

Love, and diamonds.

Love, diamonds, and chains.

I told her my plan: “I’ll use the chains to steal the diamonds. I’ll use the diamonds to buy a little bit of love. I’ll use the love to make you happy.”

“Love can’t make anyone happy.”

I embrace her tighter. “I want you to be happy.”

“I’ll never be happy. I am a complete malcontent.”

“And if I give you the things you ask for?”

“Love will make me stay for a week. Diamonds will make me stay for a month. Chains will make me stay until you unlock them.”

“I don’t want to hold you prisoner.”

“Darling, that’s all any of us ever are.”

I can feel her fingers between mine, making a cage out of our hands, holding the disappearing heat of love between them, trapped, held tightly, flowing between us. I can still feel those interlacing digits when I close my eyes, those soft and smooth, playful bars of velvet.

She told me: “The sweetest three words I’ve ever heard are these: Nothing is forever.”

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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.