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She called me because I lived right downstairs. She called me because she knew I wouldn’t call her parents. She called me because she hadn’t called in three months, and she knew that if she called me, crying, blubbering, watering the receiver with her tears and blood, I would come running anyway.


She was hunched up on the kitchen floor, her arms wrapped around her legs, her eyelashes wrapped around her bloodshot eyes. She looked up at me as I dropped the key I had never given back into my pocket. Her feet and hands were bloodied and full of cuts.

She said nothing as I crunched my way over the broken glass to her and hunched down, balancing on the balls of my feet. She looked down.

“What did you do?” I asked, looking around the messy kitchen, filled with shards of glass and broken plates. I noticed she was holding the phone in one hand and a champagne glass in the other. The only intact one left, I observed from my place facing the open cupboards and empty shelves. It was as if a tornado had passed through the room.

And she was in the eye of the storm.

Then, she told me. She told me how she thought it had been a great idea to move in here, six months ago. She told me how she had felt like an adult for the first time, like an independent woman when she had met me, and how she felt even stronger and in control when she had stopped answering my calls. Then, how everything had started spinning out of control, how she had lost her job, had lost her cat, and had lost her dignity.

That morning, she had broken a glass while she had been drying it. Suddenly, the plates and silverware and glasses had been flying out of her hands, crashing around the kitchen. For two hours, she had sat in the middle of her mess of a life, before reaching for the telephone and calling me.

I was silent when she stopped talking. After a few minutes of sniffling, I picked her up in my arms and carried her over to the couch. I cleaned her hands and feet with a damp towel and swept up what was left of the kitchen. Back in the living room, I could hear her snoring. The sleep would do her good. I covered her up with a blanket and left the apartment.

As I locked the door behind me, I realized that I had played the part of her personal Rescue Team.

The opening passage came to me last night. The rest came to me a few minutes ago. It was all written very quickly, I don't know what happened.

The thing is, I've played the part of the rescuer, the rescued, the one who doesn't call back, and the one who isn't called back. I just wanted to be in control, for once.

This is the second story I've written about breaking plates this summer. :P

Received a Daily Lit Deviation on 2013-09-25.
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GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you! This made my day! :D
FieryDownpour479 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting piece! I like all of the figurative language you've used, like how she was in the eye of the storm. It's a very good piece!
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you! I like mixing figurative and literal language. :)
FieryDownpour479 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! And I agree; it's fun to do that! :)
SMAdams Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is an interesting read, and the depth of the emotion you put into it really keeps that air of the unknown, unanswered questions that aren't meant to be answered. Well done. 
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
SMAdams Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome!
buslimpan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
It's amazing! I really loved the end! I think that it gets better if you sigh with the word "Again" xD
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Writer
Haha, thank you! I think that adding a tag would take away from the intensity, though. :P Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
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