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Your Past Life Interferes With My Very Important Studies

By C.L. Holland
May 1, 2019 · 625 words · 3 minutes

Photo by bady qb via Unsplash.

From the author: A story told entirely through the medium of notes on the fridge.


Mike

Your past life drank all the milk again. Please get more on the way back from lectures today. Also, takeaway tonight?

Love Kay

P.S. Is it true Janey's PL was Helen of Troy? Lucky bitch!

Mike

Just a quick note to say I added some observations to the sheet for yesterday. No shellfish allergy. (Sorry, he got to the sweet and sour prawns before I did.) Also likes classical music, hates rock, and refuses to wear anything but black. Past life or not, you guys have nothing in common!

Love Kay

Mike

How long is this project going to last? I'm sure observing your past lives will get you great grades and all, but I've got a shedload of reading to do which is actually quite hard when we have visitors. Gone to the library, won't be back until I've finished Titus Andronicus or it closes - whichever happens first!

Love Kay.

P.S. Watched The Lion King last night, our guest hated it. I guess you do have something in common after all!

Mike

You seem to be up early and back late a lot these days. Surely observing past lives means you need to spend some time with them? While I'm happy to make notes while you’re out, I do have a degree of my own to study for. Can we talk about this later?

Kay

Mike

Gone out on a local museum trip for class. Taken PL with as he's looking a little peaky. He was surprisingly keen. Don't know why I still expect him to like the same things as you. Is that nature or nurture though? Will note down my observations for you, like always. Might visit the gallery after, since we'll be over there anyway. See you later?

Love Kay

Mike

I notice you're out early again. Thanks for the note. I get that your studies are Very Important to you. Guess what? Mine are important to me.

Your Past Life Interferes With My Very Important Studies.

There, I said it. We talk about this tonight or else.

Kay

Mike

Sorry for storming out last night. Only when I agreed to this you didn't mention anything about not being around in case you "influenced" your past self. Is that even possible? Maybe you're more worried about being influenced yourself? You certainly share his Mummy-issues and over-sensitivity. I thought investigating inherited traits was the point of this experiment?

Kay

P.S. I notice you're not worried about influencing Janey's PL.

Mike

Have taken PL to the Student Union Bar. He got hold of my copy of Hamlet today, and has spent the last half hour locked in the bathroom crying. Figure getting him drunk will help, not sure he realised everyone died at the end. Don't wait up.

Kay

Mike

Exams all day. Not sure why I'm even mentioning it, as I won't see you anyway. Janey called for you. Wouldn't stay, didn't want to talk. Have left PL with the keys to Netflix.

Kay

Mike

Thanks for leaving the flowers and chocolate, that was really thoughtful. Missing you loads right now.

Love Kay

I just read the card. Is that why she came over? Fuck you.

Michael

By the time you read this we'll be on the Eurostar. We're off to Europe, Germany actually. Will send you a postcard from Wittenberg, apparently it's beautiful this time of year. Don't be angry, we just ended up spending a lot of time together and really clicked. None of your business anyway.

Kay

P.S. Left my copy of The Iliad on the table for you. You really should read how that whole Helen of Troy thing turns out.

 

This story originally appeared in Flash Fiction Online.


C.L. Holland

C.L. Holland writes fantasy and science fiction.