I corrected him, pointing out that his actions had just caused the whole situation to collapse.
There was a moment of shock, then recognition, then a smile. He apologized to my wife and I before walking away from the scene.
"Goddammit. He thinks that simply by accepting responsibility for his actions, he is absolved of them. Did you see that smile?"
"I did, and you know what? He may be right" the woman said as she turned to watch their former friend off into the distance.
"You can’t change the past. What more can you do?" she asked.
The man would not accept this.
"He could have stayed and helped" he said.
"Oh, he knew that you would never tolerate that." sighed Isabella.
Zack couldn’t deny this. Revenge had been promised before he had been able to clear his head.
"How is it that he made the mistake which led us here, and I feel at fault?"
"Because none of us are innocent of faulty actions. We can only be conscious of our intentions and do our best. Sometimes it just isn’t enough. He may have made the original mistake, but you matched him. You displayed a lack of awareness as great as his when you declared the end of your friendship" explained Isabella.
"But, he smiled at the realization of his mistake. He didn’t feel as badly as I do right now. I could have handled this better, but he’s not even upset because of some bullshit, self-absolution cop-out." Zack struggled.
"How do you know that the sun isn’t warming his tears as we speak? asked Isabella.
"Zack, did you ever stop to think that the reason he told that lie in the first place was because he feels as bad as you do right now?"