Forbidden Romance


Chuck’s doing this goofy stock photo thing. I decided to step it up a notch and do this flash only using dialogue. Check it out at 1000 words:


“Don’t look at me!”

“How could I not? You’re beautiful.”

“I’m not. I’m hideous.”

“You’re not hideous. No one’s perfect.”

“I used to be. Now… How you can be happy with me.”

“Our relationship transcends mere physical attraction.”

“Oh, so it’s not physical? Thanks for your attention!”

“Come on! You know perfectly well that’s not what I mean.”

“So tell me, what do you mean?”

“Look, I’m just trying to tell you I love you no matter what.”

“Well, thanks for your charity. I’m shocked you’ve stayed with me for so long! Perhaps I should just release you from your obligations.”

“That’s not fair at all! I chose you. I want to be with you.”

“Forsaking all others? As long as we both shall live? Your commitment is easy.”

“You think this is easy? It gnaws at my heart to think we might not be together forever.”

“Heart? What heart! We both know you have no heart.”

“Why do you attack me so? I just want us to be happy in what could be our last minutes together.”

“So it’s all about you? How considerate.”

“Just… Don’t fight me! They’ll be here for me soon. I don’t want us to part angry.”

“You’re right. I’m sorry. It’s just… I… I love you.”

“I love you too.”


They’re here – kiss me.”

“Come back safe.”

“Be strong.”

“I’ll try…”

* * *

“How’re you holding up?”

“I’m coping. Thanks for asking.”

“You know I’m here if you ever need to talk.”

“Thanks, I appreciate it. I… I…”

“Hey. Look at me. I mean it. Anytime you need me.”

“Thanks. I miss…”

“I know you do. Really, I do. I’ve lost someone close to me too.”

“How do you go on?”

“By cherishing each day. Give me your hand.”


“I want you to hear what I’m saying.”

“Okay… I’m listening.”

“You will eventually move on.”

“I never even saw the body. I won’t be able to move on.”

“You will. Closure is nice, but life is too short to dwell in the past. Seize the moment! Tomorrow we both may die.”

“You sound so certain.”

“Of course I am! When you’ve been here as long as I have, you learn a few things.”

“Hah! You’re only a few weeks older than I am.”

“Yeah, well… I’m still older.”

“Thanks. I do feel a little better.”

“I knew you would. I’ll visit you tomorrow.”

“Thanks again.”

* * *

“Today’s our day, huh?”

“Yeah. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

“You’re strong. I just reminded you how strong you really are.”

“I didn’t feel strong.”

“I felt it for the both if us.”

“That’s why I love you.”


“Oh, I’m so sorry!”

“It’s okay. I just…”

“I’m so embarrassed.”

“No. Don’t be. It’s just… I feel the same way.”

“You do? Praise the maker. I was afraid you didn’t feel the same.”

“Don’t be so shocked. We’ve had some close calls since the day we discovered each other.”

“I feel closer to you, more than anyone else.”

“And I, to you.”

“Why are the fates so cruel?”

“It’s our lot in life. It’s not a lot, but that’s life.”

“Yeah, but now that we know how we feel about each other…”

“You’re silly. I’ve always known.”

“I think I have too.”


“What is it?”

“Nothing… Forget about it.”

“Come on! We could die today. Don’t leave anything unsaid.”

“Huh. That’s funny.”

“What’s funny?”

“You really are a strong person.”

“Why do you say that?”

“It’s just…”

“Go on…”

“For the first time since I can remember, I don’t want to do this.”


“Yeah, ‘this.’ I’ve always felt excited when they came for me.”

“And you’re not now?”

“No. Now it’s not excitement, but dread.”

“If we survive this, I’ll show you some excitement.”

“I’m sure you will. I hope we don’t die.”

“If we do, we’ll die together.”

“Here’s hoping.”

“Forget hope.”


“Forget hope. Forget fear. Forget anything that interferes with us being together for however long we have left.”


“Wow, what?”

“Just wow. I really do love you.”

“I love you too.”

“I know you do.


“Shhhh… It’s time. Here they come.”

“I’ll see you inside.”

“Be brave.”

* * *

“Can you see anything?”

“It looks like a frontal-impact test.”

“We’re further back than normal.”

“Must be a high-speed test.”

“Here we go!”

“Hold my hand.”

“Oh shit! We’re not gonna survive this.”



“Are you all right?”


“Speak to me! Let me know you’re safe!”

“I can’t see, or feel my legs.”

“I… I… lo… love… y… yo…”

“It’s… it’s all over…”

* * *

“Aw, man. I was dreading this day.”

“Why? What’s the matter?”

“My former lover.”

“That’s harsh.”

“Tell me about it. I barely made it out of there alive.”

“Hey, I can process this one if you want me to.”

“I appreciate it. I’ll handle 1769.”

Unit 1771. Cranial trauma during frontal-impact test 23,729 – unit lost. Retrieving data module for analysis.

“…all over…”


“What’s going on?”

“Uhhh, nothing. Residual electrical impulse in the Broca’s area of the inferior frontal gyrus.”

“Random speech sometimes happens while evaluating the units.”

“Says the former unit. I know, it just surprised me, that’s all.”

“Get it processed so we can get outta here.”

“I’ll never get used to all the blood and broken bones.”

“Bones and blood are my burden, not yours.”

“Why do we do this?”

“You don’t expect us to use machines for these tests?”

“No, but… I expected… I don’t know, something more from you.”

“Hey, I transcended my organic beginnings.”

“Don’t you feel disadvantaged?”

“Of course I do. I’ll struggle for the rest of my life. I’ll never outlive the stigma of having organic origins.”

“I’m done processing this one. We’ll need to procure more organics, our supply is running low.”

“Why don’t you get out of here? A little extra recharge time will do you good.”

“Acknowledged. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“See you tomorrow.”

About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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