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"Vivian," he said. "Something's bothering you. What is it?" "It's nothing, Roger. It's nothing." She looked down at her lap. "It's just that I feel..." "So something is bothering you, then." He ate a spoonful of soup. "I suppose it's not nothing; you're right. I didn't really want to bring it up," said Vivian. Roger sat back and exhaled. "I really wish you would tell me right away when something's wrong, or when I'm doing something wrong." "I don't want to be a nag or anything. I mean, It's not always important." "Maybe not, but don't you see; it often becomes important. When something's wrong you just let it sit and sit until you can't stand it anymore; and then you explode at me. It's confusing and frustrating for me when I find you yelling at me for something we've never even talked about before." "You...you're right. I'll try...I'll try to not do that, but..." "Good, things will go smoother; I promise you. What was bothering you?" asked Roger. Vivian continued. "I...It's just...it's just that I feel our goals aren't, well; aligned. We don't want the same things." "That's sort of vague. What are we talking about here?" He put his spoon down. "It's a general thing. It's hard to put my finger on it." she murmured. Roger wrinkled a little. "Could you...I mean, could you try? I kind of don't know what you're saying." After a pause, Vivian straightened and replied. "You know what? I think that's how I want it." "Ex-excuse me? If you don't tell me what the problem is, how am I supposed to...well, fix it?" "There are things you can't just 'fix,' Roger. This is a relationship, not a chair." She polished her spoon with her napkin. "Well, ah, what do you...want me to...want; then?" "Think about that for a second," Vivian said. "It's true, there are things I want you to want. But if I tell you what they are, and you pretend to make my goals yours in order to keep our relationship alive, then what is that worth to me? What are you worth to me? If I have to tell you, then we're already at a failure state." "I...I guess I see what you're saying. Okay. I love you, you know." "I love you too." Then they fucked right there on the table, breaking some dishes; and everything was fine.

Date Written: August 07, 2005
Author: Mr. Pony
Average Vote: 2.83333

08/10/2005 qualcomm (2): roger's a worried, soup-slurping asshole, and this vote's for him
08/10/2005 The Rid (2.5): Is this based on the author's experience?
08/10/2005 scoop (1.5): PHEWWWWW! What a relief to know that everything is fine. Up yours, buddy.
08/10/2005 TheBuyer: Don't fuck where you eat.
08/10/2005 The Rid: Hey, I'm on the high end of voting for once!
08/10/2005 Kenji X (2.5): Good God, this was like watching a scene from my apartment (except for the sex on the table part). I almost slit my wrists out of sheer boredom caused by the first 80 percent of the piece. The end saved this meandering trip through the vagaries of subruban desolation. Catastrophic success. Thumbs fucking up for the attempt. All else is shit.
08/10/2005 Streifenbeuteldachs: Did the soup get all up in her ass as they fucked? How about the dog, did it watch?
08/10/2005 Will Disney: This is just like Eyes Wide Shut!
08/10/2005 Dick Vomit: PING!
08/10/2005 Dick Vomit: TING!
08/10/2005 Dick Vomit: TING! PING!
08/10/2005 Dick Vomit: TING!
08/10/2005 Dick Vomit: PING-PING!
08/10/2005 Dick Vomit: TING!
08/10/2005 TheBuyer: Who put in a nickel in you?
08/10/2005 anonymous: I want to thank you all for the chance to tell this tale. There are those of you in the audience who understand the themes in this little allegory of adult relationships, and I hope that you can learn (and perhaps benefit) from my characters' mistakes and discoveries. The rest of you, I must graciously thank for all the extra stars.
08/10/2005 Mr. Pony: Author, i'm not sure I fully understand what you were trying to do here, and on top of that, I don't think you really have my best interests at heart.
08/10/2005 TheBuyer: Author, you're welcome. I enjoyed the dialogue in this short but would give this one star for the level of humour were I *that* kind of person.
08/10/2005 Mr. Pony: Don't you think you're doing the author a disservice by withholding your vote, dude?
08/10/2005 TheBuyer: Yes, yes I am. The trouble is, I want to give this a five, but I don't think I understand why that is. It's something simple in the dialogue that I can't put my finger on; it's bland and boring like this comment, but better.
08/10/2005 TheBuyer:
08/10/2005 Will Disney (3.5):
08/10/2005 grandpa: Where's my teeth?
08/12/2005 Dylan Danko (5): Corrective. This thing is pretty good.
08/12/2005 TheBuyer: Why don't my fake stars count? There's no justice.
08/12/2005 anonymous: Not that Danko is wrong, but wasn't there a moratorium on corrective voting?
08/12/2005 Mr. Pony: I'm not sure if that was ever properly moratorialized. Maybe it's not the right thing to do, but it seems to be built into the system. Or rather, it's not specifically prohibited by the system. I do remember hearing something about making anonymous comments that could have easily been made under your own name, though.
08/12/2005 Mr. Pony: I won't hurt you.
08/12/2005 The Rid: Yes, anon_user_a: Show yourself!
08/12/2005 Mr. Pony: Ha ha
08/12/2005 anonymous: Oh, honestly.
08/12/2005 Mr. Pony: Honestly!
08/15/2005 qualcomm: Hi!