Blood Orange 🍊 Visited by Orion.

A story in dialogue.

Lisa Martens
Jan 17, 2020 · 3 min read
Photo by Duncan Shaffer on Unsplash

“Why are you here? You’re not supposed to be.”

“Why not?”

“You’ve never been alone with me before. I’ve only seen you in cafes. And you’re a man.”

“Those are not reasons why I cannot exist here.”

“It’s different. Why are you here?”

“You seem tired of your guardian angel. I get it. They can be preachy. But sometimes you don’t need advice. Sometimes you need to vent.”

“I should have friends for things like this. Not that I don’t appreciate you. I do. In all your forms.”

“Why don’t you have friends like you?”

“Who is like me? They label me all kinds of things. Traumatized. Well. I don’t believe in that. When they say that, all they really mean is that you learned about life too fast. You’re supposed to learn slowly. Maybe a pet dies, then a grandparent. When you’re older, you face disappointments. Sickness. Betrayal. But when you experience too much too fast, well. Then it has a special name. But it all would have happened anyway. It’s just the difference between heating something up in the microwave versus the oven. It doesn’t taste as good, maybe. It’s uneven. The thing is hot, just the same. That’s how I feel. I got all this knowledge in a sloppy way. But I would have gotten it all anyway. Everyone does. So why do people need to make it seem like I’m bad, like I’m different, just because I realized some things 20, 30, 40 years before they did? Their trains are on the same track. They look at me and say I’m dark and depressing. But they’re going to have to get there, too.”

“I see.”

“That’s all you have to say?”

“Yes. This was never for me. It is for you.”

“So, am I right?”

“There was a woman who came into the cafe. She didn’t even notice I was serving blood in the cups. She had an uncle who died. Well, he was her father, actually. Her mother cheated with her brother-in-law. So her uncle…who is her father…died. He had all this land to be divided among his children. But this girl is not going to get any of it. And she wants to fight that.”

“Okay. Sounds like she has a case.”

“One of his sons has a medical problem. He wants to sell his piece so he can afford medical care. He wants nothing but money. He wants his half-sister to just buy it from him. Of course, she doesn’t think she should have to buy anything.”

“Okay.”

“There is a third heir who does not want to split the land up. He sees it as a long-term investment. According to his plans, they could make a small fortune if they go through with his business idea.”

“Okay. What is the point?”

“Who is right?”

“They all have their points, I guess.”

“Exactly. They’re all right. And they all believe they’re right. It’s not the kind of argument that can be won. That’s why you just follow what is in the will. There are some questions that have answers, and some that do not. You have this philosophy of trauma and pain that you have created. It’s right for you. I believe that you believe in it. But no one else has to agree with what you do with your land.”

“Land?”

“The real estate between your ears.”

“Can you stay?”

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“Are you okay?”

Stories that cause “concern.” Feminism. Satire. Humor. Misc.

Lisa Martens

Written by

Books, articles, tip jar.: https://linktr.ee/lisathewriter 📚 Collab? lisa.snetram@gmail.com

“Are you okay?”

Stories that cause “concern.” Feminism. Satire. Humor. Misc.

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