Amanda set her two bags down and sighed. She adjusted her computer
bag to accommodate the sudden lack of weight.
“Really?” she asked after Trisha brought out 3 bags and went into
her apartment for more.
“I'm bringing some art supplies,” Trisha called out from her
“Don't you have anything more...” Amanda paused as she watched
Trisha bring a large portfolio, her easel, and two more bags and set them down.
“That's what I have,” Trisha said as she swept her arm over her
bags. Then she paused as if to think. “Oh, my purse!” she exclaimed as she
dashed back into her apartment.
Amanda scoffed a little at the bags. She was glad that when the
cab company gave her the option, she asked for the van. There's no way they
could fit all that in the trunk of a sedan.
Trisha walked out with her purse, which was almost the size of her
Amanda looked at Trisha's open apartment door. Trisha, taking
Amanda's cue, immediately turned and locked her door.
At that moment, the burly neighbor stepped out of his apartment. It's Boris, she thought to herself. Boris the big Burly guy. She had overheard his
name in one of the couple's fights recently.
“Need help?” Boris asked. Without waiting for a response, he
started to pick up Trisha's bags.
“Well,” Amanda said, “I don't think both of us can take this all
down without making multiple trips.” She then pushed her laptop bag and picked
up her two travel bags. She though that Boris was showing off a little as he
picked up ALL of Trisha's bags, easel and portfolio bag. Trisha nodded with
approval and clutched her purse.
Amanda followed both of them to the elevator.
Outside, the cabbie chuckled as he said, “Looks like you forgot
the kitchen sink. Better go back and get it.”
Amanda laughed at the joke and put her bags in the back along with
Trisha's stuff. The cabbie closed the hatch. Amanda turned around to get into
the car and Todd was right behind her.
She was a bit startled. Todd was starting to make it a habit to
sneak up on her like that.
“So, how much time to do I have to say goodbye?” Todd asked.
“I have a few minutes,” Amanda said, “but then we'll be back in a
couple of weeks. I don't plan on hanging around that long.”
Amanda barely got the last few words out when Todd reached out,
pulled her in close, and hugged her tightly. She could have sworn that his lips
brushed her cheek.
“Please,” Todd whispered in her ear, “be careful.”