|TO FORGIVE AND FORGET (standard:romance, 257 words)|
|Author: Anonymous||Added: Apr 17 2004||Views/Reads: 2881/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The best stories are the truth which only get told when there is nothing left to say.|
After my youngest brother died of AIDS, I traveled to the holiest shrines in Asia. The ancient temples salved little of my grief. I decided to worship the dancing girls of Pattaya, Thailand. Vee danced at the Baby A Go-Go. She had one eye. Some might call her a whore. We had an affair. The word ‘love' was traded between us many times. My money ran out before Christmas and a 747 took me back to the States. My vow to return was a lie. Friends phoned to say she was seeing an Englishman. It seemed better that way. A year later I took a plane to Thailand. The taxi ride to Pattaya lasted two hours. I stayed at the same hotel. A knock sounded on the door. It wasn't room service. Vee hadn't changed much physically, but told me she had AIDS. I said I would help her. We went up country to see her baby. She said it could have been mine. The math didn't work out, but I was glad that the child was healthy. The farm had prospered. Vee and I slept together. I felt sorry for her. The next morning I looked for water. No medicine graced the refrigerator. Vee put the child on my lap. She had told her lovers the story. It had been a test. I was the only one who passed. The memory of my brother stopped my killing her. I caught the next bus to Pattaya. Forgetting her lie was much easier there as was everything else. Tweet
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