Learning To Love You More




Assignment #52
Write the phone call you wish you could have.

Michael Fiorenza
Lowell, Massachusetts USA



Me: Hello?
Beth: Hey, Mike. Guess who this is.
Me: Um I don't recognize your voice, sorry. Do I know you?
Beth: I should hope you do! I'm a little hurt that you don't recognize me after all those hours we talked.
Me: Oh my god. Beth?
Beth: Yeah, ha ha.
Me: How have you been? It seems like forever.
Beth: I know. Look, I can't talk too long but there are a few things I really wanted to say to you. After all this time and after growing and learning about myself, I realized just how great we would have been.
Me: You have no idea how much I've thought about that, or just how much it means to hear you say that.
Beth: I can if its as much as I have. Mike, even though Nate and I have been together since I came back, I've always thought about you. That week we spent together after all the trips and talks and long nights and long drives and all the times with those kids at the school after our Oscar-winning goodbye and all those kisses that left me weak in the knees. I wish that if I'd maybe never made all those mistakes I did, we'd be together, still doing all those things.
Me: Yeah, that'd be nice, wouldn't it? I'd love to be able to fall asleep with you like those few times I was able to. I miss the sound of your voice, the smell of your hair, all the ways you flooded my senses and overwhelmed me. To be honest, I don't really feel like thinking about what might have been, at least not right now.
Beth: I'm sure you don't, and I don't blame you. I just really wanted to tell you how happy I was and how you made me feel what love could feel like and how glad I am that it was you first. Thanks.
Me: You're welcome.
Beth: I loved you, Mike.
Me: I loved you too. Probably more than I should have.
*We laugh*
Beth: I have to go now. I want to re-live 'us'.
Me: That'd be nice.
Beth: We'll talk again soon.
Me: I wanted that week to last forever.
*A few seconds of silence*
Beth: Me too. Bye for now.
Me: Bye
*We hang up*