My online love was vapourware

Thrifty Words Challenge #14: Fever

Damian Clarke
Dec 4, 2020


A figure drawn on a wall hangs beneath a heart, like a desperate man hanging from a balloon.
Hanging on for dear life, knowing it’s just hot air holding me up (Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash)

Forget everything you have heard and read,

he said.

Eve is not who you think she is.

Vera had written Eve’s words and given her voice. Everything “Eve” was actually Vera. Eve was a lie.

Everything I knew about, my online relationship was vapour.

Returning from here would be difficult.

Copyright © Damian Clarke 2020.

On Medium, Damian Clarke writes for The Bad Influence and An Idea, 97 Things I Learned as a Stay-at-Home Dad and Our Albion. In the outside world, he writes for The Fifth Estate, The Green List, various other publications from time-to-time, and a range of corporate clients.



Damian Clarke

I’m a writer and publisher working in Sydney, Australia and London, UK. I specialise in finance, technology, insurance, property, medicine and sustainability.