Following

Tweets
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
I can tell you read my tweets, even though you don’t follow me. #justsayingupster
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2 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
In the gazebo where I used to kiss you breathless, I’ve left something for you.
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3 May
Scott @ScottyBoy79
What? Dude u never kissed me breathless!
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3 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Only in your wettest dreams, Scott. Wasn’t talking to you
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3 May


Folded note
found taped to an upper post in the gazebo of Raymond Park

Dear Gwen,

I knew you’d come. Remember this place? I can never forget the days we spent here, although I wish I could.

It’s stupid, I know. We were kids then, twelve years ago this summer. But I loved you then, and I’ll never love anyone else, no matter how old we get, no matter how married you are to someone else.

Anyway, to the point: taped to the bottom of this note is a key to safe-deposit Box 3117 at Mariner Bank. Among the papers is a green velvet box. The contents are yours. Do what you like with it.

Love you forever, Gupster. But you knew that.

–RJ

P.S. Leave the key with the assistant manager when you’re done.

Tweets
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
Follow me so I can DM you, please.
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17 May
Direct messages
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
Thank you. It’s beautiful. I can’t accept it. You know that.
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17 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Nana died in March. She loved you, and I know she’d want you to have it. There will never be anyone else I want to give it to.
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17 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
What am I going to do with a ring anyway? Please at least think about keeping it.
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17 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
I had it appraised. Diamond and sapphire in a platinum setting. What are you going to do with it? How about sell it and buy a Lexus in cash?
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27 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Can I call you?
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27 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
No.
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27 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Email? Facebook?
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27 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
No.
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27 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
140 characters only? OK. We’ll do it your way. We always do.
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27 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
RJ, get a girlfriend. Get married. I’m nothing special. You’re smart. You’re good-looking. You’re sweet. You’ll make someone very happy.
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27 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
You’ll want her to have this. Not me.
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27 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Is there any version of this where we end up together?
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27 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
No.
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28 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Not even if your husband died? I’m not trying to be creepy. I just need to know.
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28 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
RJ! No! Shut up. That’s horrible. Stop it.
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28 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Keep it. Give it to your daughter when you have one.
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28 May
Gweneth Clifford-Ment @GwenethClifford-Ment
I’m giving it back to the guy at the bank.
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28 May
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
Fine. Sorry. I just wanted to…well, you know. You’ve always known. Sorry.
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28 May
Your message could not be sent to @gwenethclifford-ment because they do not follow you.

Tweets
RJ Hayden @RJHayden
You read my message. You knew where I meant. You went there. You read the note and followed the directions. #justsayingupster #itsnotjustme
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28 May

The avatars in this story were taken from Flickr photos here, here, and here, under Creative Commons licenses. Please visit the photographers’ photostreams.

This is the fourth post of flash fiction week IV. Tomorrow: Ceil Kessler.

Julie Goldberg blogs at Perfect Whole. She is working on her first novel.

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