Same Old Song and Dance by John Wentworth Chapin

Sundown on a resort balcony; lazy waves purred below. “You don’t believe in fate? Still?” Sand dusted the tops of Sam’s feet which rested on the railing.

“We found each other, sure, against all odds.” Ty chewed on a gin-soaked lime peel.

“That sounds like an accident. My head and my pants say this is fate.”

“Fate is 31 flavors and you end up with a tasty but random scoop. But you haven’t had the other 30 to know the difference. Choice is… a whole mall that only sells socks and you try them all on and there’s only one pair that fits. You, my dear man, are my pair.”

“You want to get laid talking socks.”

Ty shrugged. “I’m getting laid no matter the topic.”



Sam grunted and cracked a smile.

Ty breathed in salt and contentment. “You want to believe we were put together by the universe. Forces coming together to create us. The universe doesn’t care, my love.” Ty leaned over and pecked Sam on the cheek. “But I do.”

“You want to believe you had a choice in the matter.”

“You want me to say that thirty-one years together is someone or something else’s doing? Nope.”

“I think we had this same disagreement on our twenty-third anniversary. Italy.” Sam said.

Ty shook his head and tapped Sam’s foot with his toe. “Twentieth. Aruba.”


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12 responses to “Same Old Song and Dance by John Wentworth Chapin

  1. Oh, this is just lovely. I love the emotion that comes through without being said, the deep feelings that resound through the conversation. Nicely done, John.

  2. Joel

    I don’t like sappy sentimentality. But this piece is sentimental in a really sweet and touching way. It borders on sappy, don’t get me wrong. But oh what lovely feelings…….

  3. This is wonderful, John. A timeless question, executed thoroughly au courant. Great character relationship, great dialogue – casually, on the beach. Lazy waves purring is unique and perfect for this scene. And I love the assurance: ““I’m getting laid no matter the topic.”

  4. Darryl P.

    Well done and well made!

  5. Marvelous. Wonderful, and so well drawn. Characters very vivid and real. Bravo!

  6. great writing. i loved the banter and the subtle ironies and undertones.

  7. Kim Hutchinson

    These characters are charming and real, and their ongoing debate is wonderful. Great piece.

  8. Very charming and likable characters. The way they argue over coincidence versus fate is beautifully done.

  9. Feels like I have been here. More than likely, anyone has if they are in a long term relationship. You nailed the dialogue and details are great, too. Nicely done, John!

  10. Alexandra Pereira

    Enjoyed reading!… Great dialogue, vivid and charming characters… and the humor. Loved,“You want to get laid talking socks.”!

  11. love the repartee between these two, the care between them so evident. peace…

  12. Pingback: Week #41 – Coincidence | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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