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May 3rd
12:56
Jason Petruz
Hey.
What’s up?
Missing you. Hope you’re having a good day.
You wanna talk sometime, just text me here. Doesn’t have to be a call.
Love you.

14:12
You okay?
I went to lunch at the place we used to go to. The coffee place on 3rd and 15th. Remember?
I hope you’re ok.
Missing you.

17:37
Hey. Just wanted to let you know I’m here if you need me. I miss hearing your voice.
Be safe, ok?

May 4th
07:12
Hey. Good morning.
You sleep ok?
Do you even sleep anymore? I don’t know how this works and all.
Look, I’m worried about you. Just let me know if you’re ok or not. Just text me or something. Anything, all right?
Miss you.

07:54
I’m off to work. I’ll have you with me, so just text me
whenever if you can.
Miss you and love you.

Lizzy Vasa
08:00
Love you too.

09:21
Jason Petruz
Lizzy? Did you get my texts? How are you doing?
I miss you so much. I know I shouldn’t ask, but please shoot me a line sometime. I just want to hear your voice.

10:11
Lizzy? You there?

11:37
Please be safe.
I love you.

17:30
Heading home. Getting pizza for dinner.
Love you.

May 5th
13:13
Happy Cinqo De Mayo, my darling.
Or happy independence day, if you’re dutch.
Your mom was from Rotterdam, right?

13:15
Lizzy Vasa
No family talk. That was my one rule. You know they could be reading in on us.
It’s bad enough I dragged you into this. We can’t risk anyone else.
How could you be so stupid?!!!

Jason Petruz
13:18
Lizzy! I’m sorry. I just wanted to say hi.
Please, I’m sorry. Don’t be mad. I just miss you.
I love you. Be safe in there.

14:00
Lizzy Vasa
I love you too.

May 6th
22:01
Jason Petruz
Hey. I was playing solitaire, and I thought I saw you hiding behind the app image. Is that possible? Can you even do that? Or is my mind playing tricks on me?
What’s it like in there? Are you cold? Hot?
Be safe in there. I’m plugging my phone into my charger. I hope it makes it more comfortable.

22:05
Lizzy Vasa
Thanks. Sleep well.

22:07
Jason Petruz
You too.
I love you.

22:10
Lizzy Vasa
I love you too.

May 7th
15:34
Jason Petruz
That guy from your work came by the apartment.
He’s the guy from the lab with the mustache and the stains on his shirt.
Auck, I think his name is.
Asked about you and if you were around.
I told him I didn’t know.

15:44
Lizzy Vasa
Good.

15:49
Jason Petruz
Should I be worried?

16:00
Lizzy Vasa
Just stick to the plan.
It’ll be ok. Just give me time to sort it all out.
I’m not cold in here, BTW. I don’t feel anything. I’m okay though.

16:02
Jason Petruz
That’s good. I’m still worried about you.
Is there anything I can do for you to make it more comfortable?
Download some tunes?
An app you want to play?

16:08
Lizzy Vasa
I’m okay. Don’t use up too much of the memory space.
I probably took up most of it anyway. Sorry.
Deleted some things if that’s all right. More comfortable now.

16:15
Jason Petruz
That’s ok. I really don’t mind. As long as you’re safe.
Love you.

16:16
Lizzy Vasa
I love you too.

16:45
I got your e-mail. Thanks for the pic.
It’s good to see you again.

16:48
Of course. Figured you wanted to see my face.

16:53
No chance seeing the rest of you?
😉

16:56
Don’t be crude.
Love you.

16:59
Love you.

May 8th
23:43
Jason Petruz
What’s it like in there?

23:45
Lizzy Vasa
Shouldn’t you be asleep? You have a meeting tomorrow. I saw it in your notes.

23:47
Jason Petruz
Don’t worry about it. I’ll be fine. It’s not that important. I just worry about you.

Don’t want you to be lonely.

What’s it like?

Are there green letters zipping by everywhere?

Do the apps have avatars? Like people who embody them, like you see in movies?

May 9th
00:01
Lizzy Vasa
No silly. It’s not really like anything. I’m not actually seeing anything in here. It’s just data. Data everywhere, including in me. An endless sea of info. No shapes or anything. Just busy. Not much to it.

00:05
Jason Petruz
Sounds weird.
What was it like going in?

00:07
Lizzy Vasa
Painful.

00:10
Jason Petruz
Aw, baby.
Anything I can do?

00:12
Lizzy Vasa
Just keep me safe.
Don’t let anyone find this phone.
Keep me safe.

00:15
Jason Petruz
Always.
I will never let anyone find you.
Keep you safe forever.

00:17
Lizzy Vasa
Thank you.

00:20
Jason Petruz
Can you get out?
I mean, you can get out, right?

00:23
Lizzy Vasa
Just keep me safe, J.
We’ll get to that after this all blows over.

00:25
Jason Petruz
Okay.
Stay safe.

00:27
Lizzy Vasa
I will.
I’ll be here. Behind your apps.

00:31
Jason Petruz
And I’ll keep you safe.
Miss you.
Love you.
With all my heart.

00:34
Lizzy Vasa
And I love you.
Kiss.
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Joachim Heijndermans
Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been published with Fictionmagazines.com, OMNI, Kraxon, Stinger, 365 Tomorrows, Shotgun Honey, Gathering Storm Magazine and Every Day Fiction, along with an upcoming tale in Ares Magazine. In his spare time he paints, reads, travels and promises himself that he’ll finish writing that novel someday.
Joachim Heijndermans
Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been published with Fictionmagazines.com, OMNI, Kraxon, Stinger, 365 Tomorrows, Shotgun Honey, Gathering Storm Magazine and Every Day Fiction, along with an upcoming tale in Ares Magazine. In his spare time he paints, reads, travels and promises himself that he’ll finish writing that novel someday.