Excerpt: FREEFALLING by Darlenne Susan Girard

   Posted by: darlenne   in General Writing

Melinda walked into the diner in the middle of one of Angel and Al’s almost daily arguments.

“What’s going on?” Melinda asked Angel.

“Al won’t gimmie sixty bucks.”

“Why not?”

“’Cause he’s a cheap fucking bastard, that’s why!”

“That’s got nothing to do with it and you know it.”

“Then why won’t you give me the money?”

“’Cause all you’re gonna do is go out and buy drugs with it.”

“So! I’ll pay you back.”

“That’s not the point.”

“Come on. Don’t be so cheap!”

“I said, no!”


“’Cause I already told you.”

“Well, screw you then!”

“Look Angel, I’m not gonna start supporting your habit.”

“What habit? And besides, I’m not asking you to. I’m just asking you to loan me sixty lousy dollars, that’s all.”

“We’ve already been through that.”

“Well, fine then! Just keep your money. I don’t need it! I’ll just go out and get my own. But just remember next time you wanna sleep with me, I just might have to start charging you. C’mon Mouse, let’s get outta here.”

Angel pushed open the door of the diner and walked out into the street. Melinda rushed up to her side. “Are you really mad at him?”

Angel stopped. “No…” shaking her head. “It’s just that I didn’t feel like working tonight. Besides, it didn’t hurt to ask, did it?”

“He’s right, you know.”

“I know he is, and that’s what pisses me off.”

“So, what would you have done if he would’ve given you the money?”

“Whaddaya think!”

“Then what?”

“I don’t know…ask for more, I guess.” She looked back. “Wait here for a minute. There’s something I gotta do.”


“Just wait here. I’ll be right back.” She turned and walked back to the diner. She pushed open the door. “Hey you!” she called out, standing in the doorway.

Al looked up. “Yah, what?”

“I love you.”

“I know.”

“Is it okay if I come over after?”


“Thanks, Babe.”

“For what?”

“For being a bastard.”

“So, what time are you coming by?”

“I’m not sure.”

“Be careful.”

“I always am, Babe.”

Angel walked out and crossed the street to where Melinda stood waiting.“So, what did you forget?”

“Nothing. I just didn’t want Al to think I was really mad at him.”

“He knows you weren’t really mad.”

“I know…I just wanted him to hear me say it.”



“Would you really charge him to sleep with you?”

“No…but I should,” she started to laugh.

They continued walking along.



“Is it worth it?”

“Is what worth it?”

“Getting high?”

“Probably not.”

“Then why do you do it?”

“I don’t know. I ask myself that a lot.”

“Is it ’cause of what happened to you?”

“Maybe…or at least that’s what I used to say. But I don’t really think so.”

“I’m never gonna put a needle in my arm.”

“I know…I used to say that too.”

Angel said that she really loved Al. She just didn’t want to spend all her time with him. Sometimes she just wanted to talk about him. And sometimes she just wanted to be alone. She said, you can’t spend all your time with just one person, no matter how much you love them, and sometimes you just need to be by yourself. And sometimes you just need to be with somebody else.

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