Vanessa is from Syracuse, New York, but for the winter of 2006, she moved to Dallas, Texas because she absolutely hated snow. She did not keep in touch with her college friends much while she was in Dallas so she was sort of out of the loop as to what everyone was up to. On April of 2007, she returned to Syracuse, New York. Once she arrived she decided she wanted to hang out with her ex-boyfriend from college, Tim. Vanessa and Tim had the same classes in Syracuse University together where they had met. Both were communication majors and had met by chance at a persuasion communications class they had to take. They became friends and then later started dating.
Vanessa and Tim’s relationship were rocky at best. Both were very jealous types and often got into a fight over you were talking to so and so are you cheating on me. Most of the time it was Vanessa though who badgered Tim about who she thought he was cheating on her with. One day Vanessa thought Tim was really cheating on her so Vanessa broke it off with him, but the two remained friends. She loved Tim at one point and couldn’t imagine a life without Tim so the two continued to hang out with him.
Vanessa called Tim thinking he was in Syracuse. She said, “Hey Tim, I’m back in town. Do you want to hang out?” Tim replied, “I’m in Fort Lauderdale right now, but I am planning to buy a restaurant in Rochester called Mac and Cheese Grill. My staff and I will be meeting with the Mac and Cheese Grill owners in Buffalo to discuss plans for our LLC to purchase Mac and Cheese Grill. Do you want to come meet me in Buffalo? I’ll be staying in Hilton Hotel?” She replied, “Sure. That would be awesome. I can’t wait to see you.”
Vanessa drove to Buffalo and arrived at the Hilton Hotel before Tim had arrived. She called him from the parking lot and told him she was at the parking lot Hilton and he met her at her car once he arrived. She was very happy to see Tim. She gave him a big hug and a peck on the cheek. The two were ecstatic to be hanging out together again so they hung out at the hotel for about an hour just chatting and catching up. Afterward, they went to a mall in Buffalo, went shopping and had dinner, the usual Vanessa and Tim activities.
There was an Apple store at this Buffalo mall so Vanessa and Tim went in to play with the computers. Both were Mac fans and loved the new computers that were on display. Vanessa opened up Photobooth and the two posed for Photobooth taking silly pictures. Once finished, Vanessa uploaded the pictures onto her Facebook. Then the two became exhausted from wandering around in the mall so they both agreed they should go back to the hotel.
Once at the hotel, the two decided to chat some more because in 2005 both had graduated from Syracuse University and now their friends from the university had gotten jobs in different cities. Vanessa talked to Tim about so and so is now in this city working for this company. She said, “Can you believe that? I can’t believe he actually has a job and is like a professional.” Tim then told Vanessa about where his friends from college were now. Then about a half hour of chatting Tim said to Vanessa, “Hey did you know Mike died?” Vanessa thought Tim was joking so she laughed and said, “No, you’re kidding right?” Vanessa and Tim had been good friends with Mike during college so Vanessa figured someone would have told her about Mike sooner than today if he had actually died. Tim said, “No, he accidentally shot himself in the head. He died.” Okay, so now that Mike supposedly “accidentally” shot himself in the head, of course, Vanessa thought Tim was playing a joke on her. So she replied, “Okay Tim, stop it. That’s a horrible joke.” Tim who was sitting on a rotating chair by the desk was swiveling around and around smiling and said, “No, he’s really dead. He moved to San Diego for a job and I guess in February a little bit before Valentine’s day he accidentally shot himself in the head.”
Vanessa still not believing Tim just said, “Oh wow. That’s sad. This conversation is getting boring do you want to watch a movie.” So the two browsed through the hotel movies and settled on watching De Ja Vu with Denzel Washington. It was a good movie, but Vanessa had seen it in Dallas so she was not really paying attention and started to talk to Tim again about Mike’s supposed death. She said, “So what’s Mike up to now really?” Tim replied, “Umm, he’s dead. Like he really accidentally shot himself in the head.” Vanessa at this point started to believe Tim. Vanessa, still in shock did not react. She wasn’t sure how to react because Tim didn’t seem sad about it so it might still be a joke, but the joke was becoming real.
After the movie, the two went to sleep and in the middle of the night Vanessa woke up and realized that until now he still has not told her he was joking. She really did start to believe Mike had died and she started to cry. She didn’t want to bother Tim with all of the crying so she went into the bathroom to cry. After about a half hour of crying, she felt nauseous and started to vomit. Tim woke up and asked her if she was okay. She said, “Yeah, I’m fine.” Then it dawned on Vanessa why did Tim not tell her right away? Mike was their good friend. Why was Tim not sad? Why was he smiling about it? This is strange. Vanessa got scared, but she went back to bed anyway and fell asleep.
The next day Tim was flying out of Buffalo and Vanessa was driving back to Syracuse. The two didn’t mention Mike’s death at all. They just went to the mall and pretended everything was normal. Tim bought a Nintendo Wii for his maid’s kids in Fort Lauderdale and Vanessa bought a Sublime CD. The two acted like nothing was amiss and had lunch at the mall then said good bye to each other. Tim flew back home to Fort Lauderdale and Veronica drove back to Syracuse. The two stopped talking to each other and never saw each other again.
Author’s note: This is a fiction story. It is not based on anything. All characters are not real.