It’s another packed night at Indigo’s.
In a quiet corner of the Opium Den, your favorite tres chicas
sit sipping post-happy hour cocktails. They are more quiet
than usual as they ponder for their column the questions that
the world of relationships. Marie Claire is playing with her
hair, Barbarella has her pen to her lips, and Emmanuella is
chain smoking like a locomotive.
I think that women don’t know what they want,” says
I don’t think anyone knows what they want,” interjects
Emmanuella, sipping her drink, the light catching the sparkle
of her ring finger.
Yes, I was just going to say that I don’t think guys know
what they want, either,” Marie Claire adds.
Emmanuella replies, finishing her drink in a gulp and
lighting another cigarette. “First they want this, then they want
that. Men are hopeless, I am tired of it—all of it. I
think I am going to enter a convent.”
You are not,” Barbarella says laughing.
I don’t understand men, and I don’t understand myself.
I don’t want to be committed. I just somehow managed to
get myself engaged,” says Emmanuella.
Well, this fits into our present inquiry,” Barbarella notes
looking at the notes before her. In her careful scrawl is the
question, Why do girls say they don’t want to be in a
relationship when, in truth, they do?
Marie Claire shakes her head. “What? That doesn’t
Yes, it does,” insists Barbarella. “Why is it women
say one thing when they mean another?
Saying ‘no, I don’t
want a relationship’ and secretly wanting
one is a lot like saying ‘yes, I will marry
you’ and secretly
not wanting to.”
Secretly, absolutely, positively dreading the thought,” adds
Emmanuella from her corner of smoke.
Does he know?” asks Barbarella.
“ Have you considered telling him?”
Tell him what? ‘Hey, honey! You know that night you got
on your knees and I said I would spend of the rest of my life
with you? Yeah, I didn’t mean it. Sorry.’ Uh-huh,
that will work.” Emmanuella says before turning to the
bartender to order another drink.
You’re right. You’d better wait until the minister
asks if anyone objects to your union and then dash out of the
“ Not funny, Barbarella.”
The key word in here, and in any relationship, actually, is communication,” says
She’s an expert suddenly!” exclaims Emmanuella.
Maybe because she’s got a boyfriend suddenly,” Barbarella
replies, turning to look at Marie Claire.
He’s not my boyfriend, you guys!”
“ What is he, then?”
I don’t know.”
You haven’t talked about it?” Barbarella asks.
“ Not really.”
So much for communication.” Emmanuella says lighting
Communication is important,” says Barbarella. “We
are students, not psychics. The best way to get what you want
from a partner is to let them know your desires and expectations
from the offset. That way there can be no misunderstandings.”
Like buying a car,” adds Emmanuella. “You have to
check it out, kick its tires, ask all kinds of questions, think
about whether it suits your lifestyle, your needs. You don’t
just pick a car out of a lot and buy it.”
Even if the car comes with a three-carat diamond?” asks
Marie Claire laughing.
Cease and desist!” exclaims Emmanuella as the three fall
into a fit of giggles.