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Flash Fiction

August 5, 2020

A psychiatric hospital- two beds are in one room. A certain someone is dealing with her roommate but not well.

The therapist watches through the closed glass door.

Scene 1

Patient 1

Damn it lady, you left your socks on the floor again, is this deliberate?

Patient 2

It is not deliberate, it was not my intention to leave a mess.

Patient 1

Of course it’s deliberate, you are such a slob.

Patient 2

Looks down at socks.

Why do you care so much about my socks being on the floor?

Patient 1

Funny, I thought you did.

Patient 2

It’s just a pair of socks. Why do you care?

Patient 1

You should be picking up your goddamn socks, you brat.

Patient 2

Quit telling me what to do, I do not need to do what you say or what anybody else says.

Patient 1

Are you a teenager? Your brain is stuck thinking like that or are you in your 60s?

Patient 2

I can do whatever I want, and nobody can stop me from drinking.

Patient 1

Fuck you.

Patient 2

Don’t tell me to fuck off, whatever.

Patient 1

You suck. Your daughter was right about you.

Patient 2

She’s the troublemaker! It is never me. I’m the innocent one.

Patient 1

You picked a fight with me. Sounds like you get like that with other people in here. People way more fragile than you.

Patient 2

I would be fine if I was allowed to drink.

Patient 1

Crazy bitch. You really think you can do whatever you want in here?

Patient 2

Yes, I can, and I can prove it to you.

Patient 1

I’ve been forced into sobriety, a week in, you have delirium tremens as bad as I do. You aren’t even trying to help yourself. You want to stay stuck in your addiction.

Patient 2

I don’t need to improve myself but my daughter is into that for herself, and I wonder at why.

Patient 1

Quitting the booze is difficult but not impossible. You aren’t making an effort at getting stable.

Patient 2

I don’t have any wine!

Patient 1

No duh, we are meant to be sober, I’m at least making an effort while you refuse to go to therapy groups.

Patient 2

Your friends gave up on you, because you are mean to them.

Patient 1

You are just as mean as I am. Your friends enabled you to drink as much as you did.

Patient 2

I can stop myself.

Patient 1

No you can’t.

Patient 2

Really unlike you, I can stop myself.

Patient 1

I couldn’t and you are struggling.

Patient 2

I am not struggling (arrogant).

Patient 1

Yes you are.

Patient 2

You’re ridiculous.

Patient 1

And you are arrogant as shit.

Scene

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