Eighteen: Letting Keith Talk

Andrea picked up her house phone for the second time that week and dialled in the same number that she had done two days previously.


“Hey, it’s Andrea here again. Listen, I’m really sorry, but I won’t be able to make it to work again. I really don’t feel up to it.”

The voice on the other end of the phone didn’t sound impressed.

“Andry, I know you’re upset, but you can’t hide away in your flat for all eternity.”

“But Alexis, I’m just not ready to go back there. It’s just not making me feel happy right now.”

“You’re going to have to go back sometime,” Alexis said, before hanging up.

She hung up! Andrea thought to herself, now even my own friends don’t like me…

But then the psychological side started to kick in. It told Andrea that she was being silly; of course Alexis was very much still her friend, but the mind would hone in on her negative thought that Keith never liked her and transfer it into the thoughts that the whole world was against her. That begged the question: why did Keith’s rejection leave her so bitter?

I won’t think about that! Andrea was determined not to be forgiving to Keith.

As soon as she put the phone down, it started ringing again. Quivering slightly in her surprise, Andrea took up the receiver in her stubby fingers.

“H-hello?” She muttered, trying to regain her composure. It was just a phone-call after all.

“Hi, it’s Keith.”

“Oh.” What a disappointment.

“Andrea, don’t hang up!” Keith spoke desperately, “I’ve been calling your mobile-”

“I switched it off after the first time,” Andrea said darkly.

“Okay, but please, please let me explain. I need you to listen.”

“Oh, I suppose so.” Andrea knew that she could at least give him the benefit of the doubt. And then there was that something else floating around locked in a part of her mind. Andrea couldn’t quite identify it, but she knew it was something important, something that Keith couldn’t tell her but that she herself had the key for, stored in the deepest, darkest part of her heart.

“Okay,” Keith started, “I had a day off that Sunday and I wanted to do something special for you…”

And so, Keith talked for the next half an hour, explaining every little detail of his movements on the day that had ‘almost ripped his soul in two’. He explained his shock at seeing Christine and his anger at, not either of the women, but himself for being so stupid. He then explained how he had tried to find Andrea, telling himself that he couldn’t let it go. This touched Andrea and she actually found herself being enthralled by the very sound of Keith’s voice. It was an unusual sensation but, in a way, calming.

Finally, Keith came to the climax of his speech.

“And the thing is, Andrea, yes, once upon a time I had felt something for Christine, but three days ago I saw her, and wanted to turn away. I wanted to look to you forever more. What I think I am trying to say is this: I think I love you.”

The inner key turned on his words, and Andrea’s soul was flooded with a new, bright light. It filled her with joy; it made her happy, and made her want to stand on top of every tall building and yell out.

She grinned.

“Come on over. We need to talk.”

The End

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