“The guy was here and you blew him off.”
“No, I didn’t. The guy never showed.”
“Yes, he was here; his name was on the sign-in sheet.”
The two spar back and forth, dodging shots to the head and heart.
As luck would have it, they are seated next to each other. It’s easier to engage this way. Red spreads across the man’s eyes and brain; he flares his nostrils as he passes the blame to the blameless.
“He was here, he told me you forgot about the appointment,” the woman continues.
Others sat on either side of the pair, secretly hopeful for a Jerry Springer type of escalation in which no less than one chair was thrown by the end.
They are close to yelling now but neither are listening, both firm in their righteous indignation. Still the others watch as curious spectators and cautious observers, complacent with the new status quo of alternative facts and disenfranchised minorities.
The rhythm is off as they dance around the growing fire, unaware of the flames, or of the short and temporary separation from savagery that they have traversed only so very recently.