Mixed Doubles

by John Schoneboom

False Helen had always tried to feel true and in any case she was here now. Remote island. Could this really be her life? While she perhaps didn't think of herself as false, exactly, she couldn't in all honesty claim to be entirely genuine either.

Her reverie was interrupted when the wall of the cabin was breached and in walked Julian, carrying a stack of wholemeal pancakes and a small bag of home-made marbles.

"Do feel free to take your shoes off indoors," she said, trying to locate a self amid the web of constructed desires, preferences, and beliefs that comprised her qualities.

As she watched Julian setting out his elaborate array of homeopathic remedies, Helen pondered the implications of having a dream in which the main character was someone other than herself.

Finally she sighed, aware that she was going to extract much pain from this young man if something didn't change very quickly. She looked heavenward as the begged question emerged. How cruel was it, to be false?
False Helen had always tried to feel true and in any case she was here now. Remote island. Could this really be her life? While she perhaps didn't think of herself as false, exactly, she couldn't in all honesty claim to be entirely genuine either.

Her reverie was interrupted when the wall of the cabin was breached and in walked Julian, carrying a stack of wholemeal pancakes and a small bag of home-made marbles.

"Do feel free to take your shoes off indoors," she said, trying to locate a self amid the web of constructed desires, preferences, and beliefs that comprised her qualities.

As she watched Julian setting out his elaborate array of homeopathic remedies, Helen pondered the implications of having a dream in which the main character was someone other than herself.

Finally she sighed, aware that she was going to extract much pain from this young man if something didn't change very quickly. She looked heavenward as the begged question emerged. How cruel was it, to be false?
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