#29 Goodbye (400 words)

Inspired by: Farewell

Reggie packed up the belongings of his brownstone. There was a gentle knock at the door.

It was pre-dawn, and Reggie checked his watch.

“Who could that be?”

Reggie answered the door.

“Oh, hi, Ein.”

“Morning, Reggie. Can I come in.” 

“Of course. Coffee?”

“If it’s no trouble.”

Reggie went into his kitchen for a moment.

“A lot of suitcases. Are you going somewhere?” 

Reggie came back into the hall with a sheepish expression and two mugs full of coffee. 

“I thought I would have been able to sneak out before you noticed.”

“I don’t really sleep these days and spend time wandering the city. I saw your light on and thought I’d stop by.”

“Well, it’s true. I’m leaving town for a bit.” 

“Where are you headed?”

“I’m going to keep that to myself, son. For the first time in a long time, I’m unchained, unburdened. I just want to see where the world takes me. Maybe I’ll wind up in Mexico, maybe in the outback.”

“I’m happy for you. You deserve to get away for a while.”

“I’ll be sure to write. Your apartment is paid off for another month, so don’t worry about that.”

“Oh yeah, I didn’t even think about that. I guess I need to find a job now.” 

“What do you want to do?” 

Ein took a sip of coffee and thought about that for a second.

“I literally have no idea. I’ve never dreamt about being a surgeon or mayor or anything like that. I kind of just go with the flow.”

“Well you’re a hell of a driver, I’m sure you’ll find something.” 

Ein raised his cup to Reggie as a thank you. 

“I can drive anything now, so that’s something to fall back on.”

“You always say you ‘can drive anything’ what does that mean?”

“It’s just as it sounds. I had a weird experience in January. I’ll tell you about it one day, but when I woke up from the coma, I just knew I could drive anything. motorcycle, semi, 747, a Mercury spacecraft, you name it.”

“Uh, huh. I definitely have to hear all about this.”

Ein finished his coffee. 

“I’ll let you finish up packing. Keep in touch.” 

“You’ll hear from me.” 

Reggie extended his hand, and Ein went in for a hug. After the hug, Ein left for the home of his first real friend in Beacon.

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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