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LJI Week 18: The distance between us

"I miss waking up next to you."

The ICQ message makes me smile.  My tea is growing cold, but I don't care as I type.  I write things that make me blush, but we're so far away.  Five hours seems like forever.  The next chance I get, I'll gas up the car and steal a weekend.

But for now...I wake up to messages on the screen.


I sink to the floor, tears rolling down my face.  The people in the post office politely pretend to ignore the sobbing woman with the pay phone clutched in her hand.   

"I can't leave.  They need me.  Hell, our phone just got shut off.  I HAVE TO STAY."

The click on the end of the line doesn't sound final, but it hurts just the same.


"There should be an Olympic medal for phone sex.  I think the Russian Judge just gave us a 10."

The apartment is hot and sweaty and smells like a fishbowl, courtesy of the Deleware River.  I lean back on the scavenged sofa and sigh with mingled satiation and regret.  Ten hours is impossible, especially now that I don't have a car.  It's been two years since we woke up together.


"Hi.  I hear y'all are looking for a roomate.  Mind if I stay?"

"How was your day?"

"Miserable.  Yours?"


I try to stay awake long enough for his arm to wrap around my waist.

"I hate these schedules.  It seems like we're so far apart."

I snuggle closer.  "I know."


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 17th, 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)
The format is interesting. It makes you fill in the blanks.
May. 17th, 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)
The format is interesting. It makes you fill in the blanks.
May. 17th, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC)
I really love how solid this relationship is. Time and distance are an inconvenience--a painful inconvenience, though--as opposed to dealbreakers.
May. 18th, 2017 10:08 am (UTC)
It kinda makes me sad to read..
May. 19th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
I can really relate to this piece. My husband and I own a company together and he has to travel for very long periods of time while I stay at our main location and run things. The distance is so difficult, especially if you don't have the option to just pick up and go visit. I'm so happy that you make it work because the time you do get to spend together means so much!! <3
May. 21st, 2017 02:17 pm (UTC)
Long distance relationships are so difficult! I'm glad this one seems to have worked, and I enjoyed the format.
May. 21st, 2017 05:33 pm (UTC)
I like the intimation that distance isn't always physical, sometimes it's conflicting schedules or just moods.
May. 22nd, 2017 05:05 am (UTC)
It's a nice melange of different distances. :)
May. 22nd, 2017 07:19 am (UTC)
When you're in love, there's never enough time together. Even when the geography finally works out, there isn't as much time together for other reasons. But it's nice to be wanting more instead of feeling as if there's no breathing room. And overall, it seems as if things have gotten better over time here. :)
May. 22nd, 2017 08:34 am (UTC)
These snippets convey a lot of feelings in them. A nice take on the prompt.
May. 22nd, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
It took me awhile to figure out these were pieces and non-consecutive! My brain is addled by illness right now! No worries! I eventually caught on! Hugs and peace~~~
May. 22nd, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
This was a really great take on the prompt!
May. 22nd, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
This is so full of longing and regret. Beautiful use of the prompt! Kudos!
May. 22nd, 2017 10:34 pm (UTC)
Awww, this is so sad. But also painfully real. Very nice!
May. 23rd, 2017 12:45 am (UTC)
Aw, I hope they're the same two people and they came together physically in the end.
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