Thursday, 19 January 2012

Of friends and acquaintances

"So, are you friends now?"

"Acquaintances. " Comes her answer.

"You are kidding me! I saw you two talking the other day. "

"So?" Her eyes flutter, long lashes nearly casting a shadow on pale cheeks.

"I thought you guys had bounced back or something."

It is met with her silence.

"I mean, it looked good there..."

Her eyes flutter shut. It probably did. Great couple. So cute together! So happy for you. Well wishers. Voices unneeded now.

They had always looked good together, she figured, even when just standing next to each other and being amiable.

She tucks a strand of brown behind her ear, "Its not like that. " Its hardly so simple. So easy.

"Do you hate him?"


"Do you love him then?"

"No... " The answer comes after a wait, longer, in a voice, softer. "We are just... talking. " Just awkward greetings upon bumping into each other. Small chit chat. That is hardly friendship in her books. She smiles wryly, "What are friends anyway?"

"Uhh, lemme check. It says, a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations."

She rolls her eyes, "Forget I asked..." She hadn't intended for the literal use of the cell phone's browsing facilities. It was a rhetorical question.

"Then let me look up acquaintances. A person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend. "

"Oh shut it. " she sighs.

"You guys can't be acquaintances."

"We can't be friends. " She murmurs.

"So what are you?"

Just two people who got too close to each other and drifted apart too quickly.

She does not oblige with an answer.


  1. friend [frɛnd]
    1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
    2. an acquaintance or associate
    3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
    4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc.
    5. a patron or supporter

    acquaintance [əˈkweɪntəns]
    1. a person with whom one has been in contact but who is not a close friend
    2. knowledge of a person or thing
    4. those persons collectively whom one knows