Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Return

Amanda entered her apartment and set her bag on the counter and looked at her paper coffee cup. She still was contemplating on what happened at the coffee shop.

The barista working was more than happy to put her coffee into a "to-go" cup and even offered to reheat it since it went cold. Amanda refused politely and decided just to drink it cold or reheat it at home. She didn't want to stay any longer.

Amanda knew that something could be seriously wrong. If she was now losing time over the hallucinations, it could mean that the last migraine may have caused brain damage or maybe whatever caused a migraine also caused brain damage. Amanda considered all the possibilities to discuss with her doctor as she dug her phone out of her laptop bag.

As she was scrolling through her contacts, there was a knock on the door.

It was Todd.

Amanda's heart skipped a beat but then sank when she saw the look on his face. It wasn't the usual cheerful look he had when he saw her. Instead, it was solemn and distant.

He held out his book. "That's pretty good," he said, "There were a few errors, so I corrected them." You just need to reprint it with the corrections, and I'll send them off."

"Okay," Amanda refused to show any emotion, "I'll just take a look at it and let you know when I'm done."

There was an awkward moment of silence. Amanda didn't know why she kept the door open.

"Look, I'm sorry," Todd started.

"You're right," Amanda said, and she partially closed her door and leaned her shoulder on it.

"What?" Todd was startled.

"For someone to walk out like that and not say what-on-earth is going on has issues."


"Then again, I still have issues that need to be resolved," Amanda said thoughtfully, "so we all have issues. Everyone has issues! Perhaps it's best if the entire human race remained single!"

She closed the door before Todd could respond. It was bit childish and cynical, but it was the only way she could keep him from talking. She didn't want to hear what he had to say. It still hurts just to hear his voice.

She also wasn't sure if she wanted him to find out about the hallucinations. What would he do if he found out he was dating a crazy person?

She couldn't help but laugh at herself.

I just acted like a crazy person! She thought. Well, that sealed the deal, I'm sure.

She looked at her phone. It took her a moment to remember what she was doing.

Doctor, Amanda thought to herself, I wanted to call the doctor for these hallucinations.

Just then, she felt what could only be described as movement in her head. Thinking it was going to be yet another migraine, she put her fingers to her temple and waited, mentally kicking herself for not getting more painkillers earlier that day.

After a moment, the migraine never materialized. Amanda looked at her phone and decided it was best to do it in the morning.

It's not likely that the office is open now anyway, she thought.
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