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"Many years ago, when the world was fresh and green and seemed full of possibility," said Greg, "I was a callow youth, skipping and frolicking through life with gay abandon. Then, like a dark storm that rises out of the blue and ruins your picnic, it happened."

Brigid looked up at him, smirking. "What happened, Mr. Gay Abandon?"

"I met ... Treville."

"The horror!"

"The, as you so astutely say, horror. Since then my life has been a never-ending series of what I call 'Treville moments', in which this semi-human lifeform dogs my heels like an annoying little brother or that little dog in the cartoon who keeps going 'Whattya want to do today, huh Spike? You wanna chase a cat, huh Spike?' But unlike Spike, I lack the intestinal fortitude to smack him around until he goes away."

"Good thing you've got me, then," said Brigid.

"Yes, exactly," said Greg. "In fact, that's precisely the point I was leading up to. Treville may not be the most pointless person in existence, but I know it had to be stiff competition. And why this waste of otherwise-perfectly-good human body parts should latch on to me as his hope for self-validation is beyond my ability to comprehend. I'm no slouch in the pointlessness department myself!"

"The first step to a cure is admitting you have a problem," said Brigid.

"Your candor and understanding are a comfort during these dark times," Greg replied. "In any case, the reason I brought this up is because I wanted to express both my appreciation for the way you've been managing to help keep him off my back, as well as my admiration for your willingness to stand up and kick the little schnook. I find myself continually ashamed that when he arrives I just grumble to myself and put up with him and am frankly in awe of the way you don't. So ... thank you."

Brigid blinked for a moment. Finally, she said, "Uh ... you're welcome?"

"Righto," said Greg. "That was all." And he went back to the laptop.

-The Gneech

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exatron
Nov. 28th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
I met a guy like who acted like Treville when I was in the fifth grade. Unfortunately, instead of a Brigid to keep him away from me, I had parents who basically pushed me toward him because they were friends with his parents. He eventually changed his ways, except for his tendency to randomly show up at the worst possible times.
the_gneech
Nov. 28th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
I've had a handful of them myself, including one guy in college who followed me all over campus telling me that I was "a lone wolf" and "a wandering spirit". My reaction was, "No, I'm just going around in circles 'til you stop following me!"

Oy.

-The Gneech
exatron
Nov. 28th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
This guy followed me around the playground saying I was "his lawyer". I still don't get why he kept saying that.
kylet
Nov. 28th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Not much to say besides "heehee!" Love Greg's eloquent turns of phrase mixed in with usual Brigid bluntness.

And I love those Spike/sidekick toons (at least, I think there were more than one made) XD
the_gneech
Nov. 28th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
There were two, sayeth the Wik.

-TG
genecatlow
Nov. 28th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
No, no, no, Brigid, you mean creature... he said he was skipping through life with Gay Abandon, NOT that he was that person himself! O_O
susandeer
Nov. 28th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
I aspire to be as witty as Greg in the face of sarcasm!
torakiyoshi
Nov. 28th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I need a Brigid in my life.

Though I have, in younger days, been a Treville...

Have the best

-=TK
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