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"I dunno, mom, maybe you can tell me," Brigid said. "Why do I have so much trouble with men?"

"As far as I can tell," said Isadora, "you don't have much trouble at all. You scoop them up and then kick them right back out again with amazing facility."

"Ha-bloody-ha," said Brigid. "I'm serious. It seems like every guy I get involved with is pretty much set up to be an ex- from the start. It seems like life would be easier if we could just skip the whole dating thing and go straight to being exes in the first place."

"My poor child," said Isadora. "I suppose your father and I weren't very good role models in that department, were we? I daresay he was my one true love; but we were never happier as a couple than after the divorce. All we ever taught you was how to 'still be friends' gracefully."

"Well, I dunno, maybe that's part of it," said Brigid. "But I don't think that's the only thing. Some of it has to be me, too. I can't let go and accept people for the way they are, I guess. As soon as I like somebody, I start thinking about every little flaw they've got and how much it bugs me."

"You can be something of a stick-in-the-mud, it's true," said Isadora. "That's hard for men to live with, you know. They spend their whole lives trying to look good and ward off criticism from other men; what they want from women is to be told how wonderful they are, regardless of whether they are or not."

"Yeesh," said Brigid.

"Anyway," said Isadora, in a lighter tone. "What do you want a man for, when you've got Greg?"

Brigid laughed. "Nice way to put it, mom. I'm sure he'd love to hear you said that."

Isadora shook her head and rolled her eyes. "That's not what I mean," she said. "I mean, he provides you with a place to live at a reasonable rate, gives you someone to talk to, keeps the place tidy ... he even makes you breakfast from time to time, and never once bothers you with sex. By some standards, he's the perfect man."

"Well, it would be nice to be bothered with sex once in a while," said Brigid.

"I understand," said Isadora. "Another reason I stayed friendly with your father."

"I didn't want to know that, mom," Brigid said.

-The Gneech

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May. 29th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
May. 29th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
and with Brigid, all of her exes don't live in Texas...

well, maybe one or two...

May. 29th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Wait...does that mean she's not seeing Cole anymore? Awwwww!!

Y'know, I love Isadora, but GOOD LORD talk about parental TMI.
May. 29th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
There was no "seeing," there was "one night stand." ;P

May. 29th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should've guessed that. She's no fun!
May. 29th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
That's one night stand you don't wanna mess with.
May. 29th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Gah! My brain!
May. 29th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
To borrow a phrase from Vince
LALALALA! I'm not listening!
May. 29th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

Getting advice from Mom- Lovely and Good.

Finding out your Mom is on "Friends with Benefits" status with her ex,- your Dad? ACK!
May. 29th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
...but not shaken.
May. 29th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
*GIGGLE!* This is a particularly good one!
May. 29th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I love the fictionlets. n_n
May. 30th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Well, it would beat waking up with Ozzy on his face. There are benefits for both of them, with Isadora's suggestion.

May. 30th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
It's *so* not Greg's style, though. He may be the most asexual creature I've ever seen.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Actually, I'm going to agree with TK on this one, Brigid just needs to tell Greg, "Kiss me, you fool!"

Gah, this is one of the best fictional non-romances I've followed, up there with Mulder and Scully and O'Neill and Carter.

Edited at 2009-06-02 01:24 am (UTC)
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