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The Discussion: Part One

A quick disclaimer: While the setting is real and the character playing my friend is based on a real person in that I’ve known him from the time we were in elementary school I entirely invented his personality here and none of his lines are in any way based on anything he has ever said, done, or thought about (that I know of).

The Discussion

The grass was now a deep green, and at last the majority of trees brandished thick foliage of the pale sort that would later in the summer acquire its dark green hue. The air was warm and not yet of the season to be humid. The shadows lengthened as the evening aged. They stood in the field about 15 yards apart, tossing the Frisbee between them. He loved Frisbee. If there was one thing he valued from his time spent in the boy scouts it was the skills with a disc he’d acquired through several years spent struggling for recognition until at last he was one of the best. Then he’d quit. His friend was not quite so able, but could throw and catch well enough. His friend standing across from his was his oldest friend, from the time that he’d moved here up until now, the last remaining from the elementary years. There was something to be said for that. He had no clue what that thing was, but surely there was something. Maybe just acknowledging that there was something to be said was saying something and thus resolving the issue right there.

“You know what I hate?” he said as he released the Frisbee in his friend’s direction.

“What?”, said his friend as he caught it.

“Those stupid common sayings or phrases that don’t really mean anything.”

“Like what?”

“Like ‘there’s something to be said for that.’ If there’s something to be said then say it. It’s just one of those things people say when they know they should be able to see a deeper meaning but are too lazy to actually look for it.”

“Yeah, there’s a lot of things like that, designed to get you through a conversation without actually thinking about it.”

“People are so lazy.”

“Uh huh.”

Part two coming tomorrow! (Maybe!)


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