Amanda decided it
was a good time to dust. She's good at picking up after herself and basic
cleaning, but when it comes to dusting, she has to make conscience effort to do
it. So she dug out her dusting wand and the disposable dusters that came with
She started at one
corner of the apartment and worked her way to the bookshelf. It wouldn't have
taken her so long if it weren't for the trouble spots on the windows. She had
to grab a bottle of cleaner and some paper towels to clean some trouble spots.
Once she reached the
bookshelf, she picked up a few items, including a frame with her and her foster
family. She studied it for a moment, then put it back. She picked up another
item. It was the manila envelope that she set up there.
Amanda dusted it and
then set her duster down. Then she walked over to her recliner chair with the
envelope and sat down.
She debated whether
or not to set it down and finish dusting. She was almost done. She looked up at
the shelf that she was dusting seconds before.
It was just a few more shelves, I could finish it
later, she thought as she slid the edited first draft out of the
envelope. She would rather read the manuscript instead of dusting anyway.
She skimmed the book
until she got to the description of the alien city. She couldn't think of the
city's name, so she used a random planet name generator she found online. It
didn't fit. As she reread the description, she had a longing, as if she was missing
Amanda got up off
the recliner and set the manuscript down onto the coffee table. She grabbed her
laptop, which now had a thin layer of dust on the cover. Amanda grabbed her
microfiber cloth and wiped it off, then took her laptop over to the coffee
table and sat on the love seat. She decided to edit the manuscript and give it
Since there were few
edits she had to do, she was done just a few minutes for the electricians to
When she left the
cloth grocery bag hanging on the door of Todd's apartment, she had a sense that
this was the beginning of something big. She wasn’t sure what it was, but she
knew that her life was about to change.