November 25, 2003 100 Word Story – "The Optimal Foot for this Mouth"
“You’re breaking up with me?”
“It’s Game Theory, Laura. If we stay together while you’re gone that’s one point. But, if one of us finds somebody else then there is betrayal and pain. No points.
“But, if we break up now and one of us hooks up, we can still be friends. Half point. And maybe get back together when you return. One point.
“The average value of staying together is point five, while the average value of splitting up is point seven five.
“See? This is the better strategy.”
“But I’m only going away for a month, you idiot.”