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Most of life is a series of pragmatic lies, thought Sandrine. “Baby, you’re better than ever,” she cooed to her husband after another lousy fuck.

"I don’t repulse you?” he jokingly queried. But fear in his eyes – if you covered his smile and only saw his eyes, nothing but fear.

She thought of his pale flabby ass bobbing up and down, his brie/chardonnay breath, about how he didn’t even try to get her off, and lied, “No no no!” He kissed her on the forehead sloppily and padded off to the bathroom to take a dump.

Later at the restaurant, the withered old lady asked, “How do you find my recipe for Shepard’s Pie?” There were tears in her eyes; she needed an affirmative answer. It was too late in her life for criticism, reflected Sandrine, and reassured, “Delicious. Better than my mother’s – but don’t tell her that!” Laughs all around, relief.

The sad acknowledgement that there is no space for truth, that it’s not worth it.

“Mommy, listen to my cello!” cried her 9 year old Erin, a chubby red head. The sound of a walrus dying… “What do you think what what what tell me!” tugging on Sandrine’s sundress. “I think that is so pretty, Erin!” she dictated extra clearly, like you do with a child.

Love was a guidance counseling gig at best – reassuring someone that their mediocrity wasn’t fatal. In its most potent lie, love was like telling someone “There, there,” as they bled to death, smiling at them all the while.

Date Written: July 16, 2003
Author: Phony Millions
Average Vote: 4.5

07/16/2003 anonymous (1):
07/16/2003 qualcomm (5): the stench of lies
07/20/2003 Will Disney (4): this one's a little sad, huh?
08/21/2003 Ewan Snow (5): Top notch. "Love was a guidance counseling gig at best..." That's funny/good in at least two ways...
10/17/2003 Dylan Danko: Fucking splendid! Especially the bit about mediocrity.
10/17/2003 Dylan Danko (5): Fucking splendid! Especially the bit about mediocrity.
01/13/2004 Dick Vomit: Wonderfully moving. I affirm you.
05/14/2004 Mr. Pony (5): I read this, and I marvel that someone thought to write this down. The last paragraph is particularly amazing. Kinda makes that invisible one-star vote that much more...something.
05/23/2004 scoop (5): Whaddya mean there's no space for truth! What the hell have I been doing with my life? Thanks again, Brad, for once again leaving me smarter, filthier and more in tune with my own self-loathing.
05/23/2004 Phony Millions: Hail to self-loathing!
11/24/2004 Pix (5): I've started and deleted this comment at least six times. Will Brad Evans return?
11/24/2004 TheBuyer (5): ya, me too.
11/24/2004 Phony Millions: You guys rock. I´ll be back Stateside soon and will try to offer something worthy. Been checking in now and then having a laugh at the bawdy goings-on here. Has been kind of the punters to let me stay on as honorary sloth.
11/24/2004 Will Disney: PIX!
08/24/2005 Ewan Snow: THIS SHORT ROCKS!
08/24/2005 Kenji X (5): I needed this like I needed a kick in the cock.