Inspired by: Walkin’ Down the Line
The sun was rising, and Ein spent the entire night tossing and turning in bed. He felt like he had been cursed for waking the hibernating bear. Since then, he barley slept a couple hours a night.
He threw the covers off himself and got dressed. He put on his well-worn walking shoes and hit the street. He needed to be at Reggie’s in a few hours and decided to walk.
Reggie bought him an apartment when he agreed to work full time. Ein didn’t realize when he accepted their homes were miles apart and even though they were on the same street.
A few blocks into his walk, he saw a red-head and ducked behind a newsstand. He glanced at the periodicals while trying to figure out if the woman was Sadie or not.
“Are you gonna buy something!?”
“Uh, yeah, I’ll take a Beacon Chronicle.”
“One dollar.” the man said and handed Ein the paper.
Ein reached into his pocket and searched for his wallet.
“Uh, I forgot my wallet.”
“Beat it!” The attendant said, taking his paper.
Ein walked away, only slightly embarrassed, as the woman entered her apartment building. Ein finally saw her face, and she was not Sadie. He breathed a sigh of relief and continued his journey to Reggies.
He didn’t know why he was so worried about running into her. Dinner went great, they had fun, they laughed, but he figured he blew it. After she asked to get dinner again, he tried to give her a handshake. Instead, she gave him five and slapped his hand away. She laughed as she got into her car and drove off.
Nothing he could do about it now. He checked his watch and was an hour early. He sat on Reggie’s stoop and fell asleep.