Overheard on Mountaintop

VOICE 1

Reading the meter this early in the afternoon? Think that’s a wise decision, killer?

VOICE 2

I’ve made a lot of dubious decisions but this one takes  the cake I must say. So yes I think this to be a most wise display of my brain faculties at play.

VOICE 1

Didn’t need all that mush coming from your mouth a simple uh huh or some other easily translatable sounds would have sufficed. Either way I question such early readings. The day is barely upon us. 

VOICE 2

The sun has been up in our sky for thirty four hours. This isn’t a trick this is reality here in this dimension. Nothing I can do about it. But hardly believe it’s too early.

VOICE 1

Suit yourself. I’m having none of it. I will pretend I see nothing and move on with my business as perhaps I should have to begin with.

VOICE 2

I’m glad you’ve come to your senses and concluded to leave me be  to my own devices. I am that which behaves best when you go away.

VOICE 1

In that case I would like to stay and see that you don’t behave your best. Maybe my boredom will be cured by your insane actions if they expose themselves. 

VOICE 2

Hardly. On the contrary I’m able to contain my emotions and actions quite well. As you know I graduated from the school of controlled human abilities at the head of my class. They even named a pencil sharpener after me.

VOICE 1

Sounds as though you acquired a bit of fame out there in that world. It would be a shame to let it go to your head. Become unhinged as though a mad man had taken over your being. 

VOICE 2

Don’t count on it. I underwent thorough training before the pencil sharpener was officially given my title. Proper preparations were prepared properly to prepare me for a world of potential pitfalls pertaining to pencil sharpening pen names. 

VOICE 1

One can only hope for your sake that your training holds up. For me I know your descent into madness is upon us. It’s a slow unravel but one in which I will gladly take the time to await for my own satisfaction.

VOICE 2

This meter indicates everything is suited well and needless to say you’re waiting will be in vain.

VOICE 1

However you must recognize that a part of you is unable to read even the most intricate of lines on the meter.

VOICE 2

Certainly I can recognize my own limitations but by no means does that suggest that this meter is even for a slight moment beyond my comprehension. 

VOICE 1

I don’t mean to question your level of comprehension but you may be exhibiting signs of overconfidence for you believe that the parts of the meter which you fail to decipher are of relative to no importance. When on the contrary they’re the most telling and the reason why I’m still here.

VOICE 2

Do you think I need you here? I don’t need you. I would be much more pleased if you’re kind was no longer here. Perhaps if it no longer existed at all. Joy would overcome me and, well, I wouldn’t want you to see that.

VOICE 1

I fear no man’s joy. I simply relish in their misery more. Such as I do yours.

VOICE 2

You are mistaken for thinking me a miserable being. Watch as I jump with festive feelings of friendliness and fun. Would a man filled with despair jump as I have and clink his heels together in mid-air? I think–

VOICE 1

Indeed he would if he was putting on airs and wanted to portray a side of him inauthentic at best. A mask of cheap plastic that fools nobody. You must think me an idiot with a capital V.

VOICE 2

I think no such thing. Because, mostly, it’s too hard. 

VOICE 1

I don’t wish to say it. But…that’s what she said.

VOICE 2

If you don’t mind I’d rather not solve any riddles at the moment.

VOICE 1

As we’ve seen you’re very bad at it at best.

VOICE 2

I suppose you reference the meter again. It’s been deciphered at max capacity. Any further inquiry into the readings will by no means have an impact on the greater reading. Which I think we can both agree states that, although low, my human potential still remains aflame and better days are assured.

VOICE 1

Only a a wasted effort when you speak. Better days are not a thing of existence. You believe many lies.

VOICE 2

This is hardly a lie. To suggest that I believe many —

VOICE 1

I don’t suggest I state — 

VOICE 2

You yourself lie by saying such things and I will have no–

VOICE 1

Your human potential was but a flicker when this conversation began. If you could do a proper meter reading you would have spotted this instantly. 

VOICE 2

You say this only because you’re potential is draining dangerously low. 

VOICE 1

I do realize we sit atop a mountain right now but do you not see what’s behind you?

VOICE 2

I have no care for what’s behind me. The future is my only concern. A future of better days which are assured. 

VOICE 1

As I’ve stated that notion is quite a fantastical one. If you care to just take a gander —

VOICE 2

You can’t come up here and try to fool me in to thinking you can do a full meter reading that says I’m dangerously low. You must be out of —

VOICE 1

Turn around and see for yourself.

VOICE 2

I will look if only to prove you wrong. I’m not looking because you’re insisting on it, but only to end this silly argument after which you will leave me in peace.

VOICE 1

I will do exactly that.

VOICE 2

Now. What is it you want me to —

VOICE 1

Does it make sense now?

VOICE 2

It seems to go all the way down the mountain. But what is this strange and otherworldly ooze?

VOICE 1

You’ve left a trail of human potential behind you. It was afterall how I was able to find you. 

VOICE 2

That can’t be true. All of that? Out of me?

VOICE 1

It is true. I slipped many times in it up this mountain. I cursed the man it belonged to every time. I must admit I was quite curious to see in real time a human’s potential coming to an end in real time. 

VOICE 2

This is not what you’re seeing. Even if it was. I’m no spectacle. A man still has rights even if he’s leaking potential.

VOICE 1

Do you still feel better days are assured for you?

VOICE 2

Of course I do. This. Whatever this is. Is temporary. I’m going to do something to prove this is true even though I don’t need to.

VOICE 1

How will you prove it? What will you do?

VOICE 2

Well I don’t know yet.

VOICE 1

And when will you begin proving it?

VOICE 2

I’ll prove it…well as soon as I decide what I’ll do then at that moment I will prove it of course. 

Published by tony espino

a human. for now.

3 thoughts on “Overheard on Mountaintop

  1. I’m still rooting for Voice 2. Why? Because I’m only human. This was so much fun to read, Tony. Both the voices have their own distinct styles, and one can visualize very unique characters. I like how you always set your stories apart from basic and obvious realities.
    Human potential oozing down the mountain. That’s brilliant!
    You’re very good at writing dialogue. Keep going! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot! That’s really nice of you to say. I also was rooting for Voice 2, but turns out he was mostly clueless. Probably why I could relate to him.

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