The Momentary Lapse in Judgement

The crowd was screaming their adoration and appreciation. He  smiled, put his arm around her waist and waved. Her touch so familiar and so warm, he never thought that it would ever disgust him, but today it did. He didn’t flinch or show it. He just waved and grinned that famous grin that millions of girls all over the world swooned over. They would soon know of the pain behind it. He knew they would share his heart break, but the thought wasn’t helping.

He felt the urgency in her whole aura, but they were actors. They could fake any emotion. She held his hand tight as they walked off stage, into the wings. He pulled out his hand from her grasp before he even wiped the fake smile of his face. “Rob…” He heard her call out as he unplugged the microphone from his shirt and paced as far away from her as he could.  How could she do this? How did she expect him to react?

“I have to tell you something.”

“Right now babe? We are on in a minute.”

“Rob, this is important.”

“What is it?”

He heard her say it, he saw the pain cloud her face as her lips formed the words. There was nothing that could have prepared him for the blow or shielded him from the sudden vertigo.

Before he could say anything, their name was announced. They automatically turned on their public personalities and took to the stage. They had made an obligation and the tempest that was their personal life didn’t matter right now.

He replayed what she said again and again in his head. She was following him, he picked up his pace. He didn’t want to be anywhere near her right now.

“I love you, I love you and I’m sorry”

He heard her say right before he entered the noisy dressing room and banged the door shut in her face.


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