ODD MAN OUT

“Gunner shook his head; he wasn’t in the mood. He stared down at his bottle as he spoke. “Yeah, and what if I do go after it and what if I find no one, and I’m alone for the next sixty years? What then? Huh? Friends and family will get married. I’ll be stuck buying gifts. Years pass: children, birthday parties. At dinner parties, I’ll be odd man out, forcing people to arrange five chairs around a table instead of four or six. Or, okay, let’s say maybe twenty years down the line I meet someone nice and I’ve already given up on ever finding true love. Let’s say the girl is a few pounds overweight, has fizzy hair and an annoying laugh, but at this point, I’m also a few pounds overweight and my hair is thinning and my laughter is annoying. Maybe then the two of us get married, and both our groups of friends will say, ‘See I told you that you’d find true love. It just took a while.’ And we’ll smile, but we’ll both know it’s a lie–” Michael Anthony, CIVILIANIZED

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