#106 We Tried, Right? (400 words)

Inspired by: Pledging My Time

Ein was working in the lab, late Tuesday night when Sadie entered dropping off a sample. 

“Oh, hi, Ein. I didn’t think you’d still be here.”  

“Hi Sadie, I didn’t realize you were back in town. Or still worked here.” 

“Still work here,” Sadie said with a nervous laugh. “I’m surprised you still work here, I thought you were pursuing a career in Baby Driving or whatever you called it.” 

“It’s kind of a side hustle. A means to express my creativity while this pays for the bills. How was your trip around the country.” 

“It went… well. I cleared my head a bit and got a fresh perspective of what I’m after.”

“That’s good.”

“I’m sorry, I’m kind of worried about you, what is a Baby Driver?” 

“I met some people on Fred’s List. They want to distribute wealth from the rich and give to the poor, and I’ll help drive them around.” 

“Uh, huh, like Robin Hoods.”

“Yeah, pretty much.”

“Didn’t Robin Hood steal, though?” Sadie asked, stretching out each word trying not to insinuate anything. 

“Yeah, I guess he did, but everyone was pumped about it, right?” 

“Not the sheriff.” 

“That’s a good point.” 

“How long was I gone, like a million years? You’re resorting to meeting questionable strangers on Fred’s List and talking to your cat?” 

“I promise I haven’t gone crazy.” 

“I think that’s for doctors upstairs to decide.” 

They both laughed. 

“I’m glad we can still joke and be friendly,” Sadie said.

“Yeah, for sure. I mean, we didn’t get that serious or anything. I don’t think it’s a surprise it didn’t work out, right?” 

“Totally! That’s exactly what I was thinking.”

“Coolio, we’ll better get back to work. I have to finish up before my meeting.” 

“Okay, let me know if you need to be bailed out or anything.” 

Sadie and Ein high fived like two friends do before she left the lab.

Ein mixed chemicals and checked wavelengths of ultraviolet light when Jen came out of the office.

“You didn’t tell me Sadie was back,” Jen said.

“Well, I didn’t know, did I?”

“Why wouldn’t you know, aren’t you her boyfriend?” 

“No, I’m not,” Ein said, looking back into the instrument.

“Fuck me…” Jen said in disbelief. 

“What?” 

“What, nothing shut up. Go back to work.” Jen quickly fled the lab before Ein looked up and saw how much she was blushing. 

Published by einquin

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

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