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A Poignant Goodbye
A very short story about internet relationships.
[597 words]
Anne Stewart
I am a twenty year old writer interested in writing a novel about an internet relationship. I would like to know if people would actually be interested in reading something like that.
[February 2003]
A Poignant Goodbye
Anne Stewart

Sara (Rockchic97) and Mike (Sprocket444) met the night before, after two extensive months of chatting on the internet.  They had developed deep feelings for one another, but after the meeting, they were faced with sending their feelings about the whole ordeal to each other.  In short, Sara liked Mike and Mike did not like Sara in the same way.  This is their conversation (via instant messaging) ;

Rockchic97:	Itís not your fault.  Itís not anyoneís fault really.  Weíre just not meant to be together.  Iím sure Iíll find the perfect guy for me someday.  I was hoping youíd be him, but I was wrong.  Iím really good at being wrong.

(She laughed and brushed a stray tear away.  She really wanted to ask him, ďWhy?  Please just give me a reason that makes sense.Ē  But instead, she bit her tongue and continued to type.)  

Rockchic97:	Iím sorry I disappointed you.  

She clicked enter before she thought about the statement.  He replied.

Sprocket444:	You didnít disappoint me.  Honestly, itís just thatÖ Iím afraid.  Iím afraid of this going too far.  Iím afraid to take that step in my life right now.

(She sighed and furiously began pounding the keys.)

Rockchic97:	Bull crap!  Thatís just a response that men have been covering their butts with for years.  I know why you donít want to pursue this any further.

Sprocket444:	Why is that?

Rockchic97:	Because of how I look.  Youíre not attracted to me.  Itís okay.  I understand.  I just wanted you to be completely honest, like we have been from the very beginning.  I donít understand why you canít tell me the truth after meeting me.  Oh, I know what it is, you feel sorry for me.

Sprocket444:	I do not feel sorry for you.

Rockchic97:	Then why canít you be honest with me?

Sprocket444:	Because, becauseÖ.

Rockchic97:	Yes?

(He decided after two minutes of intense soul searching, that it was his duty to tell her the truth.)

Sprocket444:	Iím not attracted to you.  No girl wants to hear that though. However, I should have known that you would be able to handle the truth.

Rockchic97:	I certainly can.  

(She typed while tears poured down her face.  She didnít even bother to wipe them away.  Instead, she typed through her clouded vision.)  

Rockchic97:	Iím sorry.  Iím sorry that you were disappointed by me.

Sprocket444:	I should be the one to say Iím sorry.

Rockchic97:	Itís okay.  Iíve survived a lot more than this.

Sprocket444:	Yes you have.  You are a very strong person.

Rockchic97:	I donít need you to tell me that.

Sprocket444:	I know, but I admire you for your strength.

Rockchic97:	Thanks, I guess.

Sprocket444:	I can understand why you would hate me right now.

Rockchic97:	I donít hate you.  I donít hate anyone.

Sprocket444:	But youíre very mad at me.

Rockchic97:	Iím hurt.  Iím not angry, Iím hurt.  Life isnít fair.  But, I guess I knew that 
going into it.  Iím sure Iíll pick up and go on with life, just like I have every time before.  Itíll be hard to put myself out on the line like that again, but  Iíll manage to do it.

Sprocket444:	I know this sounds so clique, butÖcan we still be friends?

Rockchic97:	I donít know.

Sprocket444:	I understand.

Rockchic97:	I donít think you do.

Sprocket444:	So, is this goodbye?

Rockchic97:	I think that was already implied when you told me you didnít want to get together again.

Sprocket444:	I am truly sorry.  You are a wonderful person whom I probably do not deserve anyway.

Rockchic97:	Yeah, thatís probably true. 


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February 2003

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