Archive for October, 2015

October 23rd, 2015


by Nadine Arzumanian, Learner, Writing Workshops

“That’s not what I said,” I uncrossed my arms and looked directly into the screen at his face.

“Yes, it is. That’s what you said. That’s what you meant. You’re breaking up with me.” Lenny stared back at me unblinking. I let the air hang between us for a moment, unsure of what to say next.

“Are you sure that text you got was from me? Sometimes when you get international texts the numbers get all jumbled because of the area codes.”

“What are you saying?” he snapped back. “That I don’t understand how text messaging works? Don’t you think I’ve received hundreds of texts from you by now? From the same number?” His face was so close to his camera that I could see the spittle at the corner of his mouth. He gets like that sometimes. It’s annoying and frankly I’m kind of glad he took that job drilling for oil in Baku. He is too intense for me.

I tried to conceal my yawn. “What’s that Lenny? You’re breaking up. Can you call me back? I think we have a bad connection.”

“That’s funny Amy. I can hear you perfectly well. How fitting.”

I tried to keep my shoulders as still as possible while I clicked my mouse discretely to hang up the skype session. God, he is too heavy for me. Besides I had to go start my tennis lesson.

Nadine took her first creative writing course at The Chang School in 2014. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Nadine’s piece was written for Cordelia Strube’s workshop: ‘Short Fiction Writing – Level II’ (CWWR 411).