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Poem: "Disconnected"

This is the freebie for the February 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] anke. It also fills the "Have a nice life. Ahh who am I kidding I hope you get hit by a moving truck." square on my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: Because Officer RAT is always a warning. In this case, he's being a jerk and having personal problems as a result. Rude language. Emotional tension.


"Disconnected"


Andy had plans.

He had a girl and
good drinking buddies.

He used to have a job that
he enjoyed and was good at, until
that supervillain fucked up his life and
got him fired from the police department.

Andy wasn't just a no-account loser
like his old man used to say.
He was going to be somebody.
Then they would see.

The way crap was piling up,
though, he was really looking forward
to going out for dinner with Kori.

So when Benjamin told him
about a FORK meeting coming up,
Andy said, "Sorry, but I got plans tonight."

"Perhaps another time," Benjamin said,
and sure, Andy liked the sound of that.

Even if they weren't all decent people,
and got on his nerves sometimes,
they sure did agree with him about how
the damn soups were wrecking the country.

His cellphone rang with Kori's jingle
and Andy answered it eagerly.
"Hey there, kitten," he said.

"Did you know?" she said sharply.

"Know what?" Andy asked,
quickly checking his calendar
to make sure he hadn't forgotten
her birthday or some anniversary
that women tended to care about.

No, he was in the clear.
No need for candy or roses.

"Did you know that gizmo
would cause permanent damage?"
Kori demanded, and he could her
her long nails clicking against her phone.

"Wasn't supposed to," Andy said.

"Well it did!" Kori said. "I just read
an article about how that poor man
isn't responding to treatment very much,
and the doctors think he might be
crippled for life because of what you did."

At least that way the jerk would have
stayed out of Andy's way and not be
inconveniently injured in a manner
that might add more charges to the list.

"So what if he is?" Andy said.
"He's a supervillain who uses
his creepy powers to rob people.
If he wanted to stay safe, then
he should've gotten an honest job."

"I can't believe -- you're not even
sorry about it, are you?" Kori said.
"Just because he made stupid decisions
doesn't mean he deserves to wind up like that.
My friends have been all over me this week
about what a giant dick you are, Andy,
and you know what? I think they're right.
I'm tired of your complete disregard
for everyone other than yourself."

Alarm bells began to go off in his head.
"Aww, now, don't be like that," Andy said.
"I'll make it up to you. How about we
skip the steakhouse and go over to
that seafood place you like so much?"

"I don't think so," Kori said. "I'm going
clubbing with the girls instead.
Don't call me."

Red alert!
"Kori, wait, let me --"

"Have a nice life," she said,
and then, "Ahh, who am I kidding?
I hope you get hit by a moving truck."

She hung up on him.

"Bitch dumped me,"
he said to the silent phone.
Then he turned and threw it
against the wall as hard as he could.

The case shattered, spraying
plastic and metal shards everywhere.

"Story of my life," he said in disgust.
Then he shrugged. "Well, fuck it.
I don't need her shit anyway.
I've got new connections now!"

He'd just go to the FORK meeting after all.

* * *

Notes:

Blaming is an abusive tactic that people use for various reasons. There are tips on how to stop it.

When your girlfriend is mad at you, then you'd better know how to handle that. (Not like this.)

Dating is difficult for assholes. There are many signs that you have a bad boyfriend. Dump him.
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