Cornelius Jones

Quoodling

Do you know what I am going to do? Whats that? I am going to have a talkabout. Are you? I am. Who with. Oh, I hadn’t thought about who I might have it with. Well, it is something you need to consider. You could be right. What are you going to talk about? Oh, that’s the easy part. It is? Oh yes, because I intend to talk about everything. What, everything or just all the things you know about? Is there a difference? I should say there is. Are you sure? I ought not be surprised that you asked. Oughtn’t you? I oughtn’t. Well, that is an odd thing, that there is a difference. Well, at least you know now. According to you. What do you mean by that? Well, you could just be making it up – you’ve got to admit, it doesn’t seem possible for it to be the case. Considering what, your curious mind? You see, even you understand what I mean now. I do? You ought to. That was when? Much earlier than now. But when, exactly? Well, I cannot recall the exact moment. I thought I was the one with all of the holes in the memory. Seems as though it has caught us at the same time. It does seem to have done. Then, we are each in the same position. I suppose we are. He didn’t seem to know much about it at all. He didn’t? Nothing. Oh. I still cannot think what the reason for it was. Not even with a good rummage? Not even then. Hmmm. Quite. Eh? I think we made some progress. You think so? I think so. I dont know where to put myself. Well, just stay where you are then. I think I might have to. Is that all you have to offer – a static self? I only responded to your suggestion. This is more interesting. Much better. Good, so have you caught up? Not yet. You ought to watch your words. You could be right. Do you really think so? Well, it is possible. Maybe. It could be so. It could make existence bearable. I had an appointment. Where? Why not when? What? Why did you ask where and not when? I have no idea, does it matter? No, I suppose not. You are quite strange, at times. How am I strange? You are odd. I have odd moments, yes. Of oddness? Quite possibly. Quite. You talk to yourself. I talk sense. Do you think so? Your tone suggests the opposite. Of what? A man talking sense to himself. Or just nonsense. So there you are. Nothing to worry about. Why? Exactly. Exactly what? Exactly why? Exactly why what? What? Why? Why what, exactly? Why is he mad? I don’t know. It’s beginning to make sense. Oh that is good. Yes, I feel good about it. You do? I hope so. I am not sure I understand. I think I do though. That is just what I needed to hear. Then I am pleased to have been of service. I am just not sure about things. What things? Well, it has been a difficult time for me and I want to make the right choices. Are there many of them? What? Choices. I dont know. Oh. Yes. So what do you need to do first? I suppose I need to sit down and have a bit of think about it all. Will that help you to sort things out then? Well, I hope so. When you think of the man he was. Or could have been, now that it all comes back to me. At least there is that. There is. Principles, don’t you think. What? I think there are some principles of something or other. There might have been. Not much good now. Or even then, come to mention it. Not much no. Oh well. I hope you are satisfied. I rarely am, you know. That doesn’t sound good. It doesn’t, I agree. There must be a reason for it. Must there? There ought to be. Ought there? Well, I hope there is. Yes, you would hope so. You would. I couldn’t narrow it down to a favourite. Couldn’t you? I don’t think so. Oh well. You don’t seem too disappointed. Well, its really not all that disappointing. It isn’t? Not to me. That’s a relief. What for me or for you? For each of us, I suppose.

Cornelius Jones

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