Black Coffee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

“I don’t care where you go or what you do!” That’s what he said to me. That’s what he said to me on the sixty-third day after I fell in love.

It started quickly, but it always starts quickly. Love was classic, and love was smooth. If there were a soundtrack to those first four months, it would consist of nothing but Frank Sinatra songs. The cover would be black and white. A picture of a coffee house. And that’s where we met: a coffee house. Classy. He ordered a medium coffee, black. I ordered, well, I don’t remember, but I remember he ordered his coffee black.

After the quick start, after the laughing and the crazy nights and the dreamy eyes, everything slowed. It always does. But mostly you just don’t notice what speed you’re going. Once I fell for him, though, it was all about which love song on the radio reminded me of him. Love is like that. It’s waiting in line to check out in the grocery store and taking all the lovey-dovey quizzes in the trashy magazines. And it’s all about those music videos full of slow-motion shots of two people running their hands along each other’s skin. Once I had fallen, I kept falling – like Alice down the rabbit hole. Incoherent objects and instances flew by me as I fell, for what seemed like eternity. Contrary to popular belief, eternity is actually only 63 days long.

It doesn’t matter anymore what started it. It doesn’t matter anymore who said what, it doesn’t matter why we said it. But I gotta tell you, coming out of love feels a lot more like falling. And I stood on his door step, after the screaming and after the tears. Calm, collected I stood there for a good four minutes. Not moving, just letting the rain soak into my white shirt. Of course it had to be raining; it rained like someone had just died in a Disney movie. And of course I had to be wearing white, because everyone knows you have got to look the most pathetic after a breakup and I don’t think standing in the rain for four minutes in a white shirt could be any more pathetic. It didn’t matter how it ended to me, just that it ended.

“I don’t care where you go or what you do!” he had yelled. A cup of black coffee was all I could think about. If you are ever in a coffee house and a man is drinking his coffee black, don’t be intrigued. It’s not a sign of mystery, it’s not a sign of suaveness. Because his heart is as decorated as his coffee. He is empty, which is tricky because even when you attain something empty, you still feel like you’ve gotten something. Don’t be fooled. You can marvel at the pretty package all you want; but eventually you will open it. Empty.

So I got on a plane to the East Coast. I am gonna go wherever I want. I am gonna do whatever I want. When I land in New England, the first thing I’ll do is put on my cutest outfit. Then I am gonna go to the nearest coffee house and stand right next to the cream and sugar.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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In_Love_with_Writing said...
Jan. 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm
nice job. You did very well. Can you comment and rate some of my work? It would mean so so so so much if you did!!!
MyChey5 said...
Jun. 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm
i loved the way you put in quirky stuff to show how you felt. Like the Alice in wonderland. And the mag quizzes. Very ubique. You are good @ writing no shocker there!
Keep writing!
YeseniaG said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 2:00 am
I really liked this. The last line = amazing.
SunsetRain114 said...
Oct. 15, 2008 at 1:48 am
I love it! No offense to the above writer, but I thought the ending was a sort of wry, ironic humor, which set off the ending strongly. Great work, keep writing!
Mickeyb12 said...
Sept. 24, 2008 at 11:54 pm
it was really good loved it
totally_ruthless said...
Sept. 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm
this was very good! the ending was slightly humorous; it didnt quite match the rest of story. other than that this was super awesome!!
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