#92 Fuck Love (Two Four Letter Words) (400 words)

Inspired by: Love is Just a Four Letter Word

Sadie drove west with Tiffany. On Sunday, they made it to Ohio. On Monday, they drove to Iowa. Now they’re on their way to Minnesota and the north end of highway 61. 

For some reason, Sadie got the idea of traveling down this old stretch of Highway when she was a kid. It seemed like a fun way to spend a few days and see states she might otherwise miss, traveling parallel to the Mississippi. 

While Sadie was so close to her dream, she turned to her passenger, who glumly looking out the window. 

“How are you holding up?” Sadie asked. 

“I thought this road trip would take my mind off things, but it’s just mile after mile of farms. America is a flat ass country.”

“The Great Plains are flat because bison stomped all the mountains into dust over ten thousand years, but they made incredibly fertile land.”

“You talk about bison so much. I’ve never noticed until I was stuck in a car with you.”

“They’re keystone species!” No matter how many times Sadie yelled this fact, no one cared. “What do you want to talk about?”

“Nothing.”

“Nothing?”

“We can talk about Duncan. I think it would be good. His sentencing was yesterday, but the papers here only cover local news.”

“I looked him up at the hotel…” Tiffany said, looking out the window. 

“What did he get?”

“Ninth nine years! It’s not like I ever want to see him again anyway.”

“You know he broke up with you because he loves you.”

“I don’t think I even know what love means.”

“You dated Duncan for a decade. How can you say that?”

“Fine, tell me what love means to you?” Tiffany turned to Sadie and watched her as she drove. 

Sadie searched for words but felt the pressure of Tiffany’s gaze and didn’t know what to say. 

“See! It’s just something we say to people because we all decided a long time ago that it symbolizes peak feelings. We say it repeatedly to anyone who provides us a little bit of joy, and now it’s powerless. I hate love, and I’m never dating anyone ever again.”

They drove in silence for a few miles. 

“Cows!” Sadie pointed out a dairy farm on the left of the road. 

Tiffany looked out the window excitedly. “Oh my gosh, I’d love some ice cream right now.”

“Let’s stop!”

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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