Cast of Characters
Penny – Narrator
Super-Extrovert – Penny’s friend who cannot understand that Penny doesn’t like to be around other people all the time and forces her into social situations.
Civilian – That guy who was really good at dates last year and whom Penny met at another such dinner.
Girlfriend – Super-Extrovert’s friend from college who is dating Civilian’s best friend and roommate.
Disapproving Mother – Civilian’s roommate’s mother and Girlfriend’s supposed future MIL.
In which Penny finds herself the object of gossip…
I glanced down the table and immediately wished I hadn’t.
Now, I probably spend more time convinced that people are talking about me than people actually spend engaged in discussions of my utterly fascinating person, but Monday evening my observations of the pair at the opposite end of the table could not have been more affirming of my regular self-absorption.
Still, I’d looked and I couldn’t very well un-look, so I might as well keep looking at the girlfriend of the best friend of the guy I’d gone on a few dates with over a year ago as she whispered in her boyfriend’s mother’s ear all the sordid details of my callous and cold treatment of their beloved young man, currently deployed as a civilian in Afghanistan.
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