Free and Brave
Tian both offended her and broke her heart when he sang “Cathy’s Clown” at karaoke. Because she—Cathy—had never intended/wanted to break anyone’s heart.
When he stumbled after her on the beach, the cold breeze reflecting her emotions, she said: I’m with Nigel. I love Nigel. I’ll always love Nigel.
Then the pandemic. She worked from home, only spoke to Tian through puzzling emails.
Nigel tells her: “Tian’s face is bloody, won’t say how.”
“Targeting Asians,” a headline pronounces.
Cathy understands the bloody face.
“Stay with us,” she implores Tian.
“I’m your clown.”
She bites her lip/response, “Never.”
A good, sad, desperate lie.