Timing is everything!
Just minutes ahead of traffic, she would fly into the city. She merged onto the interstate, conjuring up scenarios and ‘what-if’ responses: If ‘He’ said ‘this’, she’d say ‘that’. If ‘He’ begged…, if ‘He’ didn’t…, etc.
By six twenty-two, she was at “Ernie’s” on 50th, sipping coffee, waiting for her ‘usual’. Dutifully – obsessively – she checked her phone for panicky morning missives from ‘Him’. She exhaled: Things were quiet; breakfast would be digestible.
Striding across ‘Lex’, she rehearsed under her breath. Flashing her badge to the turnstile guard, she slid onto the express elevator to the 21st floor. Alone, she heard her voice, speaking words that couldn’t be hers. Yet they were. Emerging on the 21st floor, briefcase slung hastily over her shoulder, she swiped her pass-key; granting her access to the inner sanctum, while securely locking her inside. She smiled at the obvious irony.
“Good morning, Bev!”
Beverly, the CEO’s ‘Right Arm’, grinned back. Each day, Bev’s banter eased her into the choppy corporate waters that regularly threatened to engulf her.
“Good morning, Steph. The pot’s on.”
“Great! I need hi-test today!”
Unlocking her office, she flipped the light switch before entering – a habit she’d honed since that first day, seven years ago, when she happened upon her overnight visitor, as he scampered under the heating vent. Harvey was as shocked as she; but over time, they’d adjusted to each other. Miraculously, Harvey had survived periodic ‘exterminations‘ (not unlike herself), or at least, that’s what she told herself. What is the lifespan of a mouse?
Today, Harvey crouched out of sight under his fin-tubes, as if he knew.
Suddenly, it was 8:45! She gulped down her third Arabica and headed for the corner office. She’d catch ‘Him’ before the Board Meeting.
Timing is everything!
Later, closing her door for the last time, she sensed that Harvey knew. In a weird way, she would miss ‘Him’.
But, it was time!
Written in response to the Trifecta Weekly Challenge Week 85:
This week we are asking for a 33- to 333-word response using the word:
FLY (intransitive verb)
3a : to move, pass, or spread quickly
b : to be moved with sudden extreme emotion
c : to seem to pass quickly