Drop #29: Reasoning

Nevin had been seeing Gwen for three months when he noticed Nora in one of his political science lectures. What a woman, he thought, and approached her after class. He talked to her every lecture thereafter, asking for her number each time. Sorry, she said, you’re not my type. But he persisted, turning on the charm, cracking jokes, bringing her presents and complimenting her endlessly, and finally, after a month, Nora agreed to have a drink with him. He broke up with Gwen that day.

It came as a surprise, as Gwen thought her relationship with Nevin was solid. She was petite and pretty, witty and sexually adventurous, extremely down-to-earth and low maintenance and made good money as a headhunter. She and Nevin shared the same food and music tastes, understated political and religious views, and liked each other’s friends. But Nora had finally agreed to go out with him and that was enough for Nevin. After all, he wasn’t going to two-time his girlfriend.

The date went well but Nora insisted she still wasn’t available romantically, kissing Nevin on the cheek when she said good-bye. It only made him want her more. Not to worry, he thought on the way home, I’ll just try harder. And he did. He courted her outright, calling and sending presents, and soon she agreed to another date. She wore a beautiful dress and Nevin splurged on a fancy dinner and expensive bottle of wine. This time he got a proper kiss, which, he thought, was just reward for all his efforts. It took another three weeks, however, of willful, active pursuing, of wining and dining, gifts and compliments to get Nora into bed, but more importantly, for her to announce that she was his, that he had won her. He felt a great satisfaction.

But it was short-lived, lasting less than a day, in fact. Walking back from her apartment the next morning, after spending the night, Nevin finally processed the thought that had been knocking for weeks: he wasn’t really into Nora. He’d been aware of it all along, even when he’d approached her after class the third and fourth times, and even when he’d broken up with Gwen. He’d known it all the while and gone along with it anyway, like a mother watching her husband molest their child and saying nothing. With each step along the path to his ultimate triumph, he’d advanced a reaction to appease momentum. Actions often seek results that pay no mind to reason.

There was a leftover half sandwich in the fridge. He wasn’t hungry but ate it just because it was there. Back in his dimly lit bedroom, he noticed there was mold growing on the walls.

By E.M. Vireo


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2 Responses to Drop #29: Reasoning

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