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Current Love

Current Love

Current Love


From Short Stories About Us
By Carine Fabius

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A Los Angeles man and a Turkish-American woman meet at an art opening, enjoy the interlude, and plan to see each other again. They argue, make up, attend a workshop together, have satisfying sex—but it doesn’t work out. Have they ever even met in person?

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HIM: So, what do you think of this painting? HER: I’m not sure.

HIM: You’re not sure you like it?

HER: I’m not sure what I think of any of this stuff. HIM: Do you know the artist?

HER: No, do you?

HIM: He’s my best friend in L.A.

HER: Oh! Well, my best friend invited me to the opening.

HIM: You have a best friend and I have a best friend. Does that mean we have something in common?

HER: Well, that’s a bit of a stretch, but—

HIM: Everyone doesn’t have a best friend! In fact folks often complain about how difficult it is to connect with people in Los Angeles.

HER: I see what you mean. I’ve been lucky, I guess. I know a lot of people have a hard time making genuine friendships here, but I happened into a circle of really great people, and I have to say I’m enjoying myself, even though I didn’t think I would.…

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