In my blogging hiatus, I also took quite a hiatus from creative writing as well. I’m thrilled to be getting back into both. Today I am publishing a piece of flash fiction inspired by the theme of social anxiety and insecurity. Enjoy!
Emojis & Exclamation Points
Monday night, sitting on the couch with football blaring on the TV, though I couldn’t even tell you who’s playing. I hear the familiar ping of a new text message on my iPhone. I’m waiting to hear back from my new friend Hilary about meeting up for coffee. We met a few months back when she and her husband moved to town for her job, and I asked her if she wanted to meet at Starbucks on Sunday.
That’s it? “Sounds good?” With a period on the end too. That’s not good. No, this is bad. This is very, very bad. I mean, yes, she did technically say “sounds good,” but her punctuation was so unenthusiastic.
I bet she doesn’t really want to hang out. She’s just humoring me because she feels sorry for me. That’s why she didn’t put an exclamation point or an emoji at the end. No, emojis and exclamations points are only for people you really want to spend time with.
I just want to feel wanted.
“Babe, do we have plans this Sunday?” I ask my husband. He’s barely paying attention to what I ask, since he’s engrossed in Monday Night Football.
“Nah, nothing I can think of.” I wish he would just go out and make friends. We are in a new city, after all.
Whatever. I’ll take his word for it that we don’t have plans. My new friend Victoria wants to meet up for coffee this weekend, and that sounds a helluva lot better than being sat on the couch watching even more football.
I hit send and tuck away my iPhone. My new year’s resolution is to have less screen time, so I’m keeping texting to a bare minimum.
I don’t know Victoria super well yet, but she seems like such a cool person. Really confident – the kind of person with a mega-watt smile. I’m so glad to be making new friends here!