“Whatever you wish!” Dante said as he went to to refresh a drink for his guest.
The group squirmed. Close friends all of them, but none knew exactly how to handle Dante’s oddest quirk.
“He’s doing that on purpose, right?” Marnie questioned.
“I’ve known him for years and, honestly, I have no idea anymore,” Hazel answered.
Dante returned with drink in hand and said, “I am back” in an absolutely indistinguishable impression.
The group let it slide, but exchanged awkward glances.
“Oh! I had a report due at work this week that I have to tell you guys about,” Andrew said.
“DPS report? Did you remember to what the memo said?” Dante said laughing.
“Right,” Andrew continued, “you know what, it’s a work story that’s lame. What’d everyone else do this week?”
“I got a fish,” Hazel said.
“Fun! You discovered Nemo?” Dante asked.
“Discovered?” Hazel shook her head in disbelief.
“Did you guys see that clip of the crying baseball player? Ha! I watched it and was all like, ‘you don’t cry in baseball!'” Dante laughed more than he really should have.
“Ok, Dante, buddy, friend. You know you’re, like, so close to getting these movie quotes correct, right? It’s ‘as you wish’ and the movie was called Finding…Finding…Nemo.” Marnie had had enough.
Dante stood. He looked demolished, as if the whole of his existence had been called into question. He appeared short of breath, frustrated and embarrassed.
The group watched him step closer to Marnie, shambling like a zombie. He leaned down and looked her right in the eyes.
“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!” He shook his head and left the room.
Silence followed. The friends exchanged confused and surprised looks.
“He gets that one right?” Andrew said. In unison, the others in the tiny front room replied, “Right?”
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