Prelude to a Fight

“Let’s just talk about this some other time,” she sighed in exasperation. She being Lexi, my once and future girlfriend who is currently merely an ex. Don’t tell her I said merely, that’ll only set off another unnecessary argument.

“Why not settle it now?” I asked.

I watched the topography of her brow change as Lexi bit back her honest response. After a controlled exhale, she offered, “Because I don’t have your full attention.”

“Don’t be silly. Of course you do.”

“Can you please not lie to me, just this once?”

“I’m not lying, I swear.”

Lexi rolled her eyes. “I can see the movement behind your irises.”

I wanted to turn away from her, but that would have been an admission and I wasn’t in the mood to be caught in a lie. Again. “That’s nothing but a trick of the light and your overactive imagination.”

“My overactive imagination? Seriously? Project much?”

“That’s you all over, isn’t it? Creating drama where none’s present.”

“There wouldn’t be any need for drama if you simply cut the shit and tell me what you’re thinking.”

“If I was thinking something, and I’m not saying I am, what business is it of yours? We’re not a thing anymore, remember?”

Lexi threw her hands up. “Precisely why we’re not a thing, because of you and your secrets.”

I craned my neck and peered over Lexi’s shoulder, scanning the server area behind her. “Where’s our server?”

“On his lunch break if he has any common sense. Probably duped some poor unsuspecting clod into covering his tables.”

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