Fang Talks

They're coming down the stairs.

Here we go again!

The car sped across the highway. The hum of the motor and wheels filled what silence wasn’t covered by the whispers of Charlie and me in the back seat.
‘Hey Charlie, is something wrong?’ I asked. ‘You’ve been really quiet lately.’ I didn’t turn my head away from the window. He knew I liked watching the scenery fly by, so he probably wouldn’t be too bothered by it.
Charlie stared out of his window in a similar way, absentmindedly observing the lake on the left side of the road. ‘Nothing.‘ he muttered. He didn’t normally mutter things in one-on-one conversations like these, no reason to.
‘So what is it?’ I pressed. I normally understood the guy well, but this time I couldn’t get much further than knowing something was bothering him.
Nothing!‘ he lashed out, then quickly repeating, ‘Nothing.‘, more composed this time.

The silence grew longer, and with good reason. It had only been in times of great struggle that he had reacted this fiercely to something and it was rarely ever directed towards me. I didn’t know what to say because of how shocking it was to me, he didn’t know how to properly apologize for this, or if he even needed to.
The well-oiled machine of communication between us wasn’t operating so smoothly anymore.
It’s nothing, I just…‘ He stopped, reconsidered, faced me. ‘I just think you’re growing up to be a really good kid, and…‘ A longer pause this time. He looked bothered, as if making a tough decision. ‘And I’m not sure if I like that.

I intended on making this longer, but I ain’t got the time for all that. (next)
~ Fang

Comments

  • 21/09/2014 (11:44 PM)

    Ooh, developing the characters AND ending on a cliffhanger. I dig it a lot!

  • 19/09/2014 (12:43 PM)

    Now that’s a hell of a way to end a segment. I guess if Pip grows up good and proper he’s not going to have much use for Charlie anymore.

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