"Who are you?"
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routheboat
routheboat 17 | poetry and flash fiction
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a conversation between me and myself about a certain life-changing decision

"Who are you?"

"Who are you?" "I'm you."

"Who are you?" "I'm you." "I don't understand."

"Who are you?" "I'm you." "I don't understand." "Of course you don't. Follow me."

"Why should I follow you?"

"Why should I follow you?" "You already are."

"Why should I follow you?" "You already are." "Oh. Right."

"Why should I follow you?" "You already are." "Oh. Right." "I guess you believe me already?"

"Why should I follow you?" "You already are." "Oh. Right." "I guess you believe me already?" "No I'm just curious."

"If you're so curious, then have you ever wondered if this is really what you want?"

"If you're so curious, then have you ever wondered if this is really what you want?" "What do you mean?"

"If you're so curious, then have you ever wondered if this is really what you want?" "What do you mean?" "Do you know what happens if you sign that contract?"

"Well, yeah. It's just - "

"Well, yeah. It's just - " "Then why are you still here? You've been drawing all your life and now suddenly you want to be a scientist?"

"Well, yeah. It's just - " "Then why are you still here? You've been drawing all your life and now suddenly you want to be a scientist?" "How did you - It's not like that!"

"You know... We know that this is the only way I could learn."

"You know... We know that this is the only way I could learn." "But at what cost?"

"You know... We know that this is the only way I could learn." "But at what cost?" "It's free! It's a scholarship!"

"You know... We know that this is the only way I could learn." "But at what cost?" "It's free! It's a scholarship!" "Paying monthly tuition is better than paying three million all at once."

"Take a look at me. Take one good look at me."

"Take a look at me. Take one good look at me." "But, why - "

"Take a look at me. Take one good look at me." "But, why - " "Do you see the bags under my eyes? The way my hair is all over the place? The fact that I look like a living corpse barely grasping for life?"

"..."

"..." "Because if you sign that goddamn contract. I swear to God. You will become just like me. And how do I know this? Because I'm literally you from the future."

"..."

"..." "..."

"..." "..." "..."

"..." "..." "..." "..."

" - Wait who was that?"

" - Wait who was that?" "What?"

" - Wait who was that?" "What?" "Someone just passed by. I thought they heard us."

" - Wait who was that?" "What?" "Someone just passed by. I thought they heard us." "..."

" - Wait who was that?" "What?" "Someone just passed by. I thought they heard us." "..." "Oh my God it's her."

"Who?"

"Who?" "A friend."

"Who?" "A friend." "You'll meet her eventually... If you sign the contract."

"I... I think I get it."

"I... I think I get it." "You finally get what I mean? You aren't going to sign the contract now?"

"I... I think I get it." "You finally get what I mean? You aren't going to sign the contract now?" "I know what you want now. I get it."

"You don't want to give up the bonds you've made when you leave."

"You don't want to give up the bonds you've made when you leave." "Wait, what - "

"You don't want to give up the bonds you've made when you leave." "Wait, what - " "So instead of going through the pain of leaving them you're going back in time to stop me from meeting them in the first place. That's what you really want, right?"

"You don't want to feel the guilt. You don't want to live knowing that you're going to drift apart with them slowly but steadily."

"You don't want to feel the guilt. You don't want to live knowing that you're going to drift apart with them slowly but steadily." "I - I..."

"You don't want to feel the guilt. You don't want to live knowing that you're going to drift apart with them slowly but steadily." "I - I..." "Yeah, I admit you look like shit but... I know staying is going to be worth it."

"I know I want to be an artist one day, even when the contract says I'm not allowed to study it in college yet."

"I know I want to be an artist one day, even when the contract says I'm not allowed to study it in college yet." "Yeah then why would you still do it?"

"I know I want to be an artist one day, even when the contract says I'm not allowed to study it in college yet." "Yeah then why would you still do it?" "I'm doing it for us. This school is the best bet. I know mom and dad won't be able to pay for college unless I finish this."

"I need this. You need it. So we need to be strong."

"I need this. You need it. So we need to be strong." "...Okay."

"I need this. You need it. So we need to be strong." "...Okay." "We have all the time on our hands. We can do this. Let's just be patient."

"I need this. You need it. So we need to be strong." "...Okay." "We have all the time on our hands. We can do this. Let's just be patient." "We can do this."

"I need this. You need it. So we need to be strong." "...Okay." "We have all the time on our hands. We can do this. Let's just be patient." "We can do this." "I can do this."

"Who are you?"

"Who are you?" "I am you."

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