“Friendship” | Madi Altman

She watches him deteriorate

through the screen of her phone,

his words tearing himself down

because he believes he isn’t worth anything.

He constantly repeats his signature phrase,

“If I die, I die,”

and her worry exponentially grows

as his use of the phrase becomes more aggressive.

She tries with all of her might

to calm him down,

to reassure him that he means the world to her

and that she would be lost without their friendship.

Friendship.

As soon as the word leaves her lips,

his face crumbles.

She realizes her mistake

and begins apologizing profusely,

knowing he always wanted something more

than friendship,

but he swiftly hangs up,

leaving her sitting there in silence.

With her heart pounding,

she hits call.

She hits call seven more times.

To no avail,

no answer.

Months later,

she stares into the mirror,

watching herself deteriorate

as she whispers to herself,

“If I die, I die.”

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