"Get ready, we
are going to breakfast at the café."
Amanda was taken
aback by the tone. Todd stood in the hallway and Amanda, still in her pajamas
and her robe held the door open.
okay?" Amanda said.
She let Todd in and
he sat at the table. She slipped into the bedroom to get dressed.
After a few moments,
she came out in her usual: not so casual jeans and a basic v-neck t-shirt.
ready to go," Amanda said and they headed out.
They walked mostly
in silence. Todd was lost in his thoughts. When they were waiting to cross the
street, Amanda finally spoke up.
something wrong?" She asked.
"There's a lot
of stress with my job with the apartment complex. I really need to talk to
someone, but not about work," Todd responded. He turned to her and smiled.
She was enamored with his smile wasn't paying attention to the walk signal. He nudged
her and she snapped back to reality. She was a little relieved, because she
thought she did something and didn't feel like dealing with an angry Todd
When they got to the
café, it was very busy, so it took a while for a table to be cleared for them.
They finally sat
down with their food, "Your book is a little open ended." Todd said.
"Oh yeah, it
was intentional," Amanda responded, "I have more planned."
"Well, the publishers have it now, but I would still work on the second
Amanda trailed off. "But, it seems that I've encountered a writer's
Amanda was a little
surprised that Todd wasn't mocking her, but was asking out of concern.
Most of my recent dreams are more abstract. Like cities, some sort of
transportation system, and outer space. There's no plot to them. No
dialogue." She didn't tell him about the vault or Brian Lane being in the
system?" Todd ask.
Amanda chuckled. "It actually looked pretty awesome in my dream. It was in
a tube and I think it was pressurized or it used magnets. I couldn't hear the
track, so I know the car was hovering. The last time I tried to see the car the
Todd became really
silent for a moment, most likely lost in thought again. They both finished
Finally Todd spoke
up, "When you have these dreams, how do you feel?"
Amanda thought for a
moment. "I don't remember. They're just dreams really. Kind of like mind
movies, I guess."
Todd stared at her.
Amanda started to feel uncomfortable and Todd apologized, looking away.
"I'm going to
talk to my friend," Todd said, "We'll leave for Vermont, if all goes
well, by the end of the week."