Amanda answered a knock on her door. She was expecting
this. Todd was supposed to bring a new stove over today. Her stove was down to
one burner and she didn't trust that one. She loved to cook and couldn't wait
to not have to spend so much money on microwave meals and takeout.
She opened the door to find Todd standing behind the
delivery man with a glass top stove.
top?” Amanda looked at Todd quizzically.
Carter said to spare no expense,” Todd said.
Amanda said a little dishearteningly, “Looks like rent is going up.” So much for all of the savings in
cooking from scratch, she thought.
likely. Joey was squandering a lot of the cash," Todd said, "These
glass-top stoves appear to be a deal compared to what Joey supposedly spent
Todd helped the delivery guy inch the stove through the door. Then they both
left it at the edge of the kitchen while they worked the old stove out of its
place. When the delivery man moved the stove towards the door, both Amanda and
Todd looked at the empty space.
Amanda covered her mouth and giggled and Todd groaned and
made a face.
The delivery guy peered over as he was moving the old
stove. Spider webs and debris dangled from the back and swayed slightly as he
moved the stove out of it's place.
said, “I've seen worse.”
Todd and Amanda looked at each other in disbelief, then
back at the delivery man. He kept doing his job, as if nothing happened.
Amanda glanced back at the crud and grime must have been
building there since the apartments were built.
Todd elbowed her jokingly, “Perhaps you should have cooked
a little less.”
"Sure, if I could actually cook on that stove,"
Amanda said. "I've been surviving on cold foods, Take out," then she
points towards the microwave, "and T.V. dinners."
Of course, the microwave” Todd said with some distain. He then took a more
serious tone. “It's probably just as grimy behind it," he sighed.
“No, I did
clean that when I moved in,” Amanda said then gestured towards the stove, “As a
matter of fact, I do have some cleaners that will get that crud off.”
don't need those. I have plenty of industrial strength cleaner to take care of
that.” Todd started out the door, “I already had taken care of a few of other
apartments and I had to order more last week.” Todd paused and said
dramatically lowered voice, “A lot more.”
Amanda chuckled and nodded as Todd headed out the door.
She then opened one of the lower cabinets and grabbed a
couple of cleaning gloves. It's true that he actually gets paid to do all this
work, but Amanda hates to sit around and watch someone work. She was on her
laptop all morning and needed a change of pace.
After what seemed to be an eternity, Todd walked back in
with a cart full of cleaning supplies. He stopped and gives Amanda a concerned
already buy those tickets for your trip?” Todd asks.
Amanda, confused, hesitated. “Yeah, a couple of days ago,
Trisha is going with you, right? You're not going alone?”
Still confused about the sudden change in Todd's demeanor,
she responded, “Yes, I mean, Trisha is coming with me and I'm not going alone.”
Todd said and then was quiet for a moment. “I wish I could go with you,"
he said quietly.