“I Just Need Some Space”

It’s impossible to decode at the best of times

This article is rated: educational. Best read with a notebook, pen and gin. Fiction level — how true the story is/close to actual events (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐

Today’s line: “I just need some space”

Context

Lila (one of The Girls) was standing in front of the university library. She was face to face with her long-term fling turned short-lived boyfriend. Seen walking away from him, she was overhead squawking, ‘I just need some space.’

One

“I think it’s time you left my life. And immediately.”

Two

“I am seriously going through it. My life sucks.

Three

“I am politely breaking up with you.”

Four

“I am politely breaking up with you, but I’m not committing to the break-up. With ‘space’, I mean I can bring you back into my life when I feel like I’m ready. Yes, I’m acting like an indecisive asshole about it, but hey, what are you going? Nothing, because I’m now in control of the situation between us.”

Five

“I can smell your breath from here. Back it up, mister, and show-me-the-space.”

Six

“Don’t you know what social distancing means? It means I want to be socially distanced from you, and only you.”

Seven

“You and I have been growing apart for ages. And now you’ve pushed us apart, and space is the only hope we have left for relationship survival.

Verdict

Lila never told us what she meant. But it didn’t take a genius to figure out that she and Colin were over. Two weeks later, after the event and exams, Lila was dating Audrey Smithson. She was the lecturer’s assistant from French course. Their relationship lasted as long as Colin did.

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