What she should have said was this: “Don’t fall in love with me.” Instead, she said this: “There’s a lot you don’t know about me.”
What she wanted to hear was this: “Too late.” Instead, she heard this: “I can wait.”
What she should have said was this: “You might not like where this ends up.” Instead, she said this: “I might break your heart.”
What she wanted to hear was this: “I’m willing to find out.” Instead, she heard this: “I’m already certain of it.”
What she should have done was walk away. Instead, she leaned in closer.
Kristen M. Ploetz
Kristen M. Ploetz is a writer and former land use attorney living in Massachusetts. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) with Atlas & Alice,Hypertext Magazine, Washington Post, (b)OINK zine, The Hopper, Gravel, Maudlin House, Cognoscenti, The Healing Muse, Swarm Literary Journal, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a collection of essays and short stories. You can find her on the web (www.kristenploetz.com) and Twitter (@KristenPloetz).