My Heart Will Never Mend

Anastasia’s ex writes a song about their break up

Svetlana Smith
Woodworkers of the World Unite!!!

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Photo by Ethan Haddox on Unsplash

‘Oh my God, have you read this?’

I should have known that it would be a bad day the minute I opened Mary’s message. Nothing good starts with your friend sending you a news article at 7am on a Sunday morning, normally Mary is too hung over to speak before 10, but for some reason the feeling of horror didn’t sink in until about halfway down the article. To be fair to myself, I’d been out with Mary the night before, and also didn’t normally speak much before 10.

New song from Rueben James breaks all our hearts. 5 stars was the headline.

‘Oh, good on him,’ I thought, blurrily — fighting through the fog of several pints of cider and groping blindly for some paracetamol on my side table, buried amongst the pile of books, moisturisers and all the receipts, coffee lids and tissues, that I’d dug out of my bag before going out last night and junked on the side table rather than putting straight in the bin like a proper grown up — ‘he’s stopped moping and got something done,’ and blindly swallowing the paracetamol with some dust-topped water, I settled back to a nice read to distract me from the throbbing inside my skull.

“I wrote My Heart Will Never Mend after my ex, Anastasia broke up with me,” Rueben says, his huge

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Svetlana Smith
Woodworkers of the World Unite!!!

Editor of The Crystal Palace. Writes short stories, mostly about relationships — between friends, siblings, lovers — but with the odd folk horror for fun.