the unnumbered

I was dancing

I love dancing

and my dance partner

was my romance partner

at the time

I said,

“I love you”

but the response was,

“Oh, I’m not in love with you.

You’re just the best person I’ve ever met

and I don’t want to hurt you.”

When I told my partner about that dream, I received reassurances, and, a month later, an axe to the chest accompanied by the words, “It’s exhausting to be around such a good person all the time.”