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Stranger

 A fiction prompt

In hindsight, I should have run over her.

My supervisor, Dave, hired a woman for our team, I’ll call her Shelley.  She was six-foot-tall, three hundred pounds, with bright red hair in a bi-level cut, the left side was just below her earlobe, and the right side was collar length. 

I am not a superficial person; I don’t judge others by their appearance. Hell, I would never win any beauty contests myself.  However, there was something about Shelley… a niggling, prickly sensation at the back of my head, an anxious feeling in my chest, a warning to keep my distance.

A week or so later, on my lunch break, I pulled out of the parking space and headed toward the exit. Shelley stepped right into my path and stopped. Shelley, with her outlandish hair, long purple coat, and gray boots.

Just standing there, staring at me.

After I rolled down my window, she explained that her car was in the shop and she was on foot, would I mind if she rode to lunch with me?

That’s how it started. The next day, when I left for lunch, she went with me.  She always had horrible situations going on in her life, her boyfriend said mean things, her mother said mean things, her friends weren’t generous enough, you name it.  If it was bad, it was happening to her.

Then, she started having money woes, didn’t have enough money for groceries or to buy lunch, didn’t have enough money to buy cigarettes.  It progressed to not having money to pay her rent. I got a drunken, hysterical call one night asking if she could pitch a tent in my backyard because her friend threw her out and she had nowhere else to stay.

I felt drained all the time, exhausted. Then, I got sick.  After nine months of dealing with her, I ended up in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics for a massive respiratory infection. 

Shelley quit her job a few steps ahead of getting fired.  After she left, I never heard from her again.  

In hindsight, I should have run over her.

Day 102

April 12, 2017 – The Zone

What is your favorite way to get lost in simple activity, what’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

I’ve written about this before, but it something I truly enjoy and don’t mind talking about it again. I call my activity Wandering Aimlessly.

This began back in the late 90’s, after I became fully “netified”. I’d be watching a movie or television show, hear something that piqued my interest, and do a web search. Then, I’d just start clicking on random links, going wherever they took me.

I’ve wasted entire afternoons, truthfully, just wandering from page to page with no real destination. It’s simply amazing the knowledge one can gain by reading things that others feel is pertinent enough to post on a website… the validity and usefulness is strictly up to the wanderer, but it just about my favorite pastime that does not include other people.

Day 85

March 26, 2017 – Swing Set

Many, many years ago, the school sytem here in town wanted to expand one of their Vo-Tech buildings. In order to do that, they had to purchase all the homes on a full city block, all four sides. My Granny Ware hated to move but there wasn’t any choice in the matter.

My dad and my four uncles all showed up to her house on moving day with their pick up trucks. My brothers and sisters, and all my cousins sat in the bed of the trucks to keep things from falling out on the drive to the new house. It was a lot of fun and we laughed a lot.

Granny had a swing set in her backyard. I’m honestly not sure which of the men had the bright idea not to disassemble it, but to place the whole thing in the back of one of the trucks. Some of my older, heavier boy cousins sat in the swings, then the menfolk placed two girls at each leg, standing with our arms wrapped firmly around them to hold everything steady.

Believe me when I tell you that was one of the most exhilirating rides I’d ever been on. Roller coasters are wonderful, I love them. However, standing in the bed of a moving truck, hanging onto the leg of a swing set, with no safety gear or seat belt between me and the pavement… yeah.

It makes me laugh, and feel sweaty and anxious every time I think about it!

Day 70

March 11, 2017 Midnight in Paris

Saturday afternoon was dark, wet, and cold, so I stayed in. This movie was playing on HBO and I caught it just as it began.

Gil, played by Owen Wilson, has left his position as a very successful screenwriter to write The Great American Novel. He’s engaged to Inez, who thinks he’s wasting his time, thinks he’s cheap, and makes the audience wonder why she agreed to marry him if he’s such a loser. Throw in her mean, petty parents, and her boorish, snobby friends, and it’s no wonder Gil walks the streets of Paris alone.

Then… at midnight, he finds the portal… and is transported to another time. He meets Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, Paul Gauguin, T.S. Elliott, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, the list goes on and on.

The movie was originally released in 2011, but hasn’t lost a bit of its charm. I fell head first and experienced the same enchantment and delight as I did with the first viewing.

Day 68

March 9, 2017

Today was so much fun! One of the ladies on our team got married, so we took a long lunch hour and went to the courthouse to see her get hitched!

Tonight’s a different story. Our choices are:

  1. Struck by lightning.
  2. Major hail damage.
  3. Blown away by tornados.
  4. Flooded by excessive amounts of rain.
  5. All of the above.

In any event, I’d like to congratulate Terryn and Tyler and wish them the very best in this new adventure!

Day 61

March 2, 2017 – Are You Being Served?
Tell us the most dreadful or wonderful experience you’ve ever had as a customer.

There is a well known fast-food restaurant a couple of blocks from my office building. Kara, Terryn and I always go there on Tuesdays. I’m not sure why we settled on Tuesdays, but we did. We go inside to order because the drive-through is always 7-8 cars deep.

Dontae is the young man who waits on us. He greets us by name, but makes sure to add a “Miss” e.g., Miss Kara, Miss Connie, Miss Terryn. He’s an absolute doll.

This past Tuesday, several of the ladies in the office gave us money and asked if we’d pick lunch up for them as well. When all the orders were finished, Dontae found a box big enough to hold everything, then carried it out to the car for us.

He’s a good kid, and with his initiative and kind nature, he will be a success wherever he goes.