"First of all," she said, "do you believe in psychics?"
"Well," I said, trying to be tactful, "I believe that there are things out there that I can't explain."
This seemed to satisfy her, and she started the Angel®Card reading. Though she was only a student in the art of Angel®Card psychic readings, she certainly looked the part. Dressed in a black corset, fishnet stockings, and a short black skirt, with bright red lipstick and cascades of dark black hair, it was easy to forget that the costume was for goth night at a club that she and my roommate were going to, and not expressly for my benefit alone.
"Ok, so what's your question," she asked.
"Oh, I'm supposed to have a question? I don't know, my roommate just kind of sprang this on me..."
"So you just want a general reading?"
"Yeah, sure. That sounds good."
She cut the deck. "Are you planning on moving?" she asked, with an air of surprise.
"Oh, well...yeah, actually I have been thinking about it a lot lately. I don't know."
"Interesting...Yes, I think you may be moving soon. Is anyone in your family pregnant?"
"Oh god, I hope not."
"Well it doesn't necessarily mean a baby. It could be a pet. A kitty?"
"I have been thinking about getting a cat," I said.
"You should get a kitty!"
"I know, I know, I do want one."
"So...is anyone in your life named...Charlie?"
"Oh, hmm...no, I don't think so."
"Or...I'm hearing the name Jeffrey?"
"Uh...no...not that I know of."
"Well, it could be your spirit guide. Yes, I'm feeling it very strongly. Ah, see, this card shows that you're very strongly protected."
"Well, that's good, I think."
"So...you're very busy, you have a lot going on, perhaps too much..."
"...you should take some time out for yourself. Also, you're worried about your future, but you don't have enough information right now to make a decision."
"Wow, yeah. You're good."
"And you're still angry, about your last relationship. You need to let go, and you need to forgive. You have to cut ties. Go like this." (She made a chopping motion with her hand).
"Say, 'I release you.'"
"Good. Now you can move forward. Oh look, here's that card again. Yeah, I think you're going to move. You should definitely move, I think your energy is stagnant here."
"You're probably right."
"And look, here's the animal card again. You should get a kitty. Cats are so good, because they absorb all negative energy. They're not reincarnated, so they're just pure beings."
"Um, uh huh."
"You should move and get a kitty!"
Now, Internet, I am not one to just blindly follow the advice of vamped-up, Angel® Card-reading goth girls. But the fact that she pin-pointed so exactly what I was already thinking and wanting...
I think I do want to get out of Boston. I don't know how to do it yet, but I just feel kind of done here. I feel like Boston and I need to sit down and have a chat. Like, Dear Boston. How are you? I have some things I need to get off my chest. We've been together for over four years now. I know, can you believe it? And, this is hard for me to say, but I just don't think it's working out. You're great, Boston, really you are. It's just that you're kind of demanding. I mean I love you, don't get me wrong, but I had to give up my friends and my family for you, and, well, I miss them. And sometimes, Boston, you're so, so cold. I know you don't mean to be, but that's just the way you are. I know I can't change you. And well, I might as well just tell you, I have my eye on someone else. There's this city, DC, and I think maybe he can make me happy. No offense Boston, he just feels like home to me. So, no big hurry, and nothing's going to happen right away, of course. Just a little warning, but if you don't stop taking me for granted, I might not be around next year.
K, love ya lots,