Todd opened the
trunk of the Uber car to take out the luggage. A man, roughly the same size as
Todd seemed to appear out of nowhere.
said a little surprised, "Hi there!"
didn't realize I was sneaking up on you." The man said.
They both laughed.
Amanda knew she wasn't in on the joke.
Todd said, "This is our pilot, Stanley Winkler."
They shook hands.
flying us," Amanda said, "You have no idea how much this means to
Stanley gave Todd a
knowing glance. "It's the least I could do. Seriously, I owe Todd a
lot." He said as he grabbed some of the bags and put them into the hatch.
Amanda still only
had her two bags, but Todd, she noticed, had four large bags. She's seen Todd's
apartment a few times, he was pretty efficient. She couldn't understand why he
would pack so much for a few days.
They boarded the
plane and waited for clearance for takeoff.
"So, how did
you two meet?" Amanda asked.
Both of them scoffed
"Well, I had a
few roommates who were really into pot," Stanley began. "I tried
changing dorms, because at the time, it wasn't even close to being legal.
Paperwork was problematic."
Understanding bureaucracy was a perk of being a ward of the state for a few
"One of my
roommates was stupid enough to get caught. He was one of those people who
thought nothing was ever his fault and would try to blame someone else.Never mind that he took out his joint in
front of uniformed police officers, he thought that because I didn't smoke like
he did, I must be against it."
"Us vs. them."
right?" Todd responded. At that point, Stanley got the all clear and he
took his plane to the sky.
When they leveled
off, Stanley continued, "So when the guy got caught, he assumed that I
turned him in. He ratted his roommates out and convinced them that I was the
one who did it."
"At the time, I
was doing a project with Todd and a few others. I had no clue what was going
on. At that moment, my roommates were destroying the science buildings and
tried to blame me for it. Unfortunately, the dean didn't believe me when I told
him that I was with Todd. After all, the weed was in my room.
exactly sure what happened next. I was too busy trying to convince my parents
that I'm not on pot. Fortunately, they were forgiving. Forgiving and rich. If
my parents didn't have the money, I bet I would have slept in a jail cell that
"Todd, in the
meantime, I think convinced the two other roommates that I wasn't the one who
ratted them out and it was in fact, the first roommate. They felt guilty enough
to turn themselves in and explain everything. If it weren't for Todd, I think
things would have turned out differently for me."
Amanda smiled and
looked out the window. They had left late so the sun was setting.
Todd came to
Stanley's rescue and now he's coming to mine, she thought.