Inspired by: Lay Lady Lay
Reggie enjoyed his time with Charlotte immensely. He was glad she enjoyed spending time with him now that he was sober.”
“What do you want to do this weekend?” Charlotte asked.
“Whatever you want to do.”
“You’re not tired of me yet?”
“What if we get out of town for a few days?”
“I’m not so sure. I literally just started a business. I don’t think it’s a good time to go globetrotting.”
“I didn’t say Paris! I mean like the mountains? The beach? A weekend trip.”
Reggie went into his closet and pulled out Charlotte’s vintage suitcase that introduced them many months before.
“Char, come in here. I have a surprise for you!”
“I don’t know if I have the energy to go again, but…”
Charlotte trailed off at the sight of the suitcase. Her eyes fixed on it.
“Where did you get that?”
“You left it when you disappeared into the night. You grabbed mine by mistake. This is yours!”
Charlotte didn’t share Reggie’s enthusiasm. After a few seconds, she collected herself and feigned excitement.
“Nothings wrong. I can’t believe you still have it!”
“Charlotte, I don’t want to start off like this. Something is clearly the matter.”
Charlotte thought for a moment but didn’t or couldn’t think of another lie.
“I didn’t throw away my suitcase in grief. I was upset that I couldn’t find you, and I knew I had your suitcase. I pawned it!”
“You what? Oh no! Oh no, oh no, oh no.”
“I’m so sorry. I knew it wasn’t mine to sell, but I didn’t think I’d ever see you again. What was in it that was so valuable?”
Reggie sat on a bench in his walk-in closet.
“It was nothing just the secrets to time and space.”