The rumor mill I'm a relevant part of generally comes alive at night, usually when I'm gazing into darkness from the comfort of my bed, wondering for sleep. But this particular night, when the grapevine's floodgates burst, I was the only guest at the "housewarming party" of Jennifer's newly rented house. She had only recently moved into her own place. There was no party in any conventional sense. My host was in my arms, I in hers.
Along came a text to me, and others. Oldfangled group-text preliminary information prefaced it.
The Ex: "GET OUT OF MY FACE PPLE!"This outburst shed rare light on events of the day. It seemed our friends had been giving The Ex hell over her choice of Bryophyta over me. I was willing enough to respect her wishes and not reply, even though my feelings towards The Ex were still raw, and nasty wisecracks were within easy formulation. But she had directed her rage at others besides myself. The avalanche of irreverent retorts via group-texts did not delay.
David: "Earth to Antony... earth to Antony, do you read..."
Jennifer: "Sm1 deal wd dat plz tony?!"She was right next to me, so I poked her side. She laughed. The resulting full-scale poke-war-game carried us to and fro across her bed till we fell off it - but I digress.
Sister of The Ex: "Feelings Catchment Control Commission in session tomorrow at 11 at Carol's"
Brother of the Ex: "Dude ain't nothing changed you still owe me a drink."
Myk: "Peace and love in the universe. One love. Hint."
Carol: "FCCC roll call will b took! But Sum1 call Face Police the no. shld b 9-9-anto-9... "I laughed until it was ridiculous. Jennifer thought I made too much mirth of it, but I needed to laugh. It's some kind of medicine. Then I thought it was time to wrap up the festivities.
Me: "Funny :) Seriously :) To all my FANS xoxo I'm sleeping lol PS get out of her face"As Jennifer laughed at that, her belly firmed. (I was rubbing it, so I noticed.) My heart warmed at this turn of events. If all was lost with The Ex, it was lost rather nicely, I thought, turning to Jennifer to share the good vibe.