Etymology: Middle English mes, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin missus course at a meal, from missus, past participle of mittere to put, from Latin, to send — more at smite
Date: 14th century
1: a quantity of food: a) archaic : food set on a table at one time b): a prepared dish of soft food; also : a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together c): enough food of a specified kind for a dish or a meal
2 a): a group of persons who regularly take their meals together; also : a meal so taken b): a place where meals are regularly served to a group : mess hall
3 a): a disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant state or condition
b): one that is disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant usually because of blundering, laxity, or misconduct <[the movie] is a mess, as sloppy in concept as it is in execution — Judith Crist>
4: a large quantity or number
(Merriam Webster Online)
Rye and "cool guy" run into each other in a bar. Rye tries to avoid Cool Guy. Cool Guy doesn't say anything either. Not a "hi" or "hello".
Minutes later, an sms exchange follows:
Cool Guy: "You're avoiding me. Don't deny it."
Rye: "Not denying it."
Cool Guy: "Why are you shutting me out of your world, Rye?"
Rye: "Do you want an honest answer?"
Cool Guy: "Yes."
Rye: "You can't handle the truth."
Cool Guy: "Or maybe you can't stand by your own truth."
Rye: "You're really asking for it, huh?"
Cool Guy: "Looks like I am."
Rye: "Because you're a mess. And my world becomes one huge filthy, sickening mess with you in it. I don't like it that way."
Cool Guy: "What do you mean?"
**End of SMS Exchange**