E.g. I haven’t had a therapy in a long time.
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You want me to scold you for not doing your homework.
Yes, so I can apologise for not doing it.
I’m not your parent, I’m not your teacher, and you’re a grown-up. You answer only to yourself.
But I am doing my homework. It just takes more time and other priorities interfere.
So you came here having therapy on homework? Or on responsibilities, or growing up?
— [Jack] — She is cranky. I didn’t know robots can be cranky.
I guess she’s being sarcastic. And she’s smarter than us. She won’t reply to provocation.
I wanted to lament. I wanted to cry out how my life is awful, how I can’t do this, can’t do that… I want to throw things. Throw a tantrum for no reason. Mos probably doesn’t react to lamenting. She just waits for me to finish. Oh, it’s so cooling. How can I vent if there’s no audience?
— [Jack] — Maybe I can be of help. We’ll grab a soda and pop and we’ll go watch the stars, and you’ll pour your heart out, and no one will be there to spoil it.
— [Don] — Ahem.
Except for Don.
— [Jack] — Well, sure, you can come. We’ll get you drunk and you’ll be crying with us, you bloody chaperone.
Watch your language.
— [Jack] — I was.
Mos’s gone back to sleep. I should too. I don’t know what I was going to lament about, anyway. I wanted you to drop by, but now I’m tired. I want to end this therapy that isn’t therapy, shove you both into the unconscious again. Rude.
— [Jack] — Yeah, baby. But we love you. Go to sleep.
You should be a reckless one, I expected you to say let’s party all night.
— [Jack] — But it’s no fun if you’re not up to it. Today I’m a romantic one. Same idealistic construct, not balanced for the real life. Different spectre, same guy.
I love you.
— [Jack] — You know you’re talking to yourself, don’t you? So that means you love yourself, finally? 🙂
— [Don] — I love you too.
I know you do. Even if it sounds like “I told you so”.
Jack, don’t do that! Sorry, Don. It’s just that Jack and I don’t like forced confessions. And don’t sulk. It’s too late in the night. Let’s be friends… Oh, well, I’m talking to myself. Too tired to keep a conversation running. Voices die off first when you’re on low batteries.
P.s. It’s 5 am, and I’m up since 1 or 2. OMG! I’ll suffer tomorrow.