We need to do something about this.
I know. If this goes on much longer, I doubt he’ll ever be able to – you know – again…
Don’t even think that. If he stops for good he’ll just lose the will to go on…with anything.
Then we need to do something.
He’s tried almost everything, walks, music, reading. God, look how he just sits there. A blink, blink, a sigh.
I caught him crying the other night.
No you didn’t!
Yeah, in bed, alone, staring, like he was expecting someone to come to him from out of the ceiling. Or past. You know how he likes the room totally dark and cool.
So how do you know he was crying?
Heard him. Like a stage whisper. Said her name and then…well, a sobbing sound. Like he couldn’t catch his breath.
No kidding! Maybe we should suggest he reach out to her. And yeah, we both know she’ll eventually make him more damn paralyzed with misery than he is now. Humming away in his chair one minute and then…
I know. But he can’t go on like this. I’m afraid he might just…you know, POOF, gone. And what about us?
Okay, you go to his right and I’ll go left.
Wait. Listen. The laptop. Is he writing her? Think she’ll answer? I mean kindly? What’s he say?
Let me check. Oh… Well at least he’s trying.
Okay, but what’s he written?
It says, “We need to do something about this.”
(This is pretty much the only way I can write fiction these days. I imagine two characters speaking and then my imagination follows their conversations. But I’m miles ahead of where I’ve been for months. In this case, I’ll let your imagination discern who – or what – these two speakers are.)