heartbroken fatsuit

CHARLES CHUBINKSI: You look fantastic in that sweater.

LORI TREVANIAN: I know.

[They are both hungover and in love. Their relationship is broken.]

LORI: I’m starving.

CC: I know.

[She’s better than he is. More attractive, more “vital life force.” He’s a neurotic dump.]

LORI: I love you.

CHARLES: Nah, you don’t. I mean, you won’t. After we’ve been broken up for a few years.

[They both weep softly. Lori thinks about the men she’s slept with since she began dating Charles. Charles thinks about the sandwiches he will make after Lori falls asleep.]

CHARLES: It doesn’t matter, anyway. I wish I were gay.

LORI: You are.

[An all-nude dove flutters in through the window, a bleeding butterfly caught in its jaws. Can butterflies bleed? Do doves have jaws? These questions are printed on the insides of candy bar wrappers.]

LORI: I love your “writing.”

CHARLES: And I love yours. I also love your hair, and your body.

LORI: I love your body!

CHARLES: It sounds like a good thing that we’re a sexually active heterosexual couple, then.

LORI: Yeah: Since we love each other’s bodies, it’s good that we have sex with them.

CHARLES: Would you like to break up now?

[Forty days of confusion, attack, anger, and pain. They meet again in a restaurant.]

LORI: Look at you! You’re tiny. How did you lose so much weight?

CHARLES: You broke my heart and I stopped eating.

LORI: You’ve also surely been working out? Christ, let me see your abs.

[Charles gravely lifts his T-shirt. He has an awesome six-pack.]

LORI: [Thinking] I want to have sex with you.

CHARLES: I had my gentials removed.

LORI: You have no genitals now?

CHARLES: No.

LORI: That’s sad. You used to enjoy sex so much. What will you do?

CHARLES: I have a blog where I write erotic and nonsensical scenes for the other residents of my village.

LORI: Los Angeles is hardly a village, darling.

CHARLES: I live in Pasadena.

LORI: Even though you have no genitals, we can still kiss.

[They kiss. Charles feels his heart sublimate and rise through his tear ducts. His veins are like the roots of a rapidly growing plant, swelling and throbbing with a powerful ache. He can’t believe how much he loves Lori, who seems bent on ruining him. Charles somberly dons a fatsuit.]

LORI: Why are you somberly donning a fatsuit?

CHARLES: This is who I really am. I hate being so toned and “diesel.” I want to be fat again. But I’m so heartbroken that I can’t bring myself to eat more than a reasonable portion at every meal. So I wear this suit.

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