Vacating Reality

It was an overcast Sunday morning along the Penobscot River.  For the first time in what seemed like an eternity, the temperature had dipped below 60 degrees.

Holly reacted to this temperature change by wearing a wind breaker and ordering a larger coffee than normal.  Aaron did nothing different.  He was both a creature of habit, and so relieved that it was finally cool again that he wanted as much of his body exposed to the fresh air as was socially acceptable.

He sipped his Snapple and stared out at the river.  Without turning to her, he finally broke the silence.  “Thanks for not asking that annoying question.”

Holly smiled a held the coffee up to her beautiful face for warmth.

“You’re my best friend,” she stated the obvious.  “I know you better than anyone.  Of course I’m not going to pester you by asking what you plan to do on your vacation…”

short story, humor, Modern Philosopher“This is why I keep you around,” he informed her with a chuckle.  “With the way the world has been lately, I am looking forward to just shutting off my brain, watching baseball, and doing a lot of writing.”

“Won’t the writing require your brain?” she asked with a giggle.

“You’d be surprised,” he replied without hesitation.

She didn’t know how to reply to that, so she moved the conversation on to another topic.

“You’re probably not going to miss all the debate about masks, vaccines, and the start of the new school year,” she remarked.

Aaron shook his head.  “Just one more reason I’m looking forward to turning off my brain and checking out on reality for the next ten days.  You might have to force me to turn it back on after Labor Day.”

“Or maybe I’ll just join you, and we can live happily ever after in a shared state of ignoring reality,” she quipped.

flash fiction, best friends, Modern Philosopher“It wouldn’t be the worst plan,” he conceded.  “However, I heavily rely on you to be the anchor that keeps me tethered to reality.  If you flee into the slacker matrix with me, we might not have any chance to ever rejoin the real world.”

“And that would be a bad thing?” she challenged with a sly smile.

“No fair firing philosophical fast balls at me when my brain is off,” he complained.  “Can’t we just look at the boats, and wonder which one of them might end up on a Gilligan’s Island type adventure if bad weather hits?”

“Sure thing, little buddy,” she replied with a wink.

That made him smile, which was all Holly really needed to be happy on a quiet Sunday morning along the river in Maine…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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6 Responses to Vacating Reality

  1. davidprosser says:

    When’s the next Leap Year so she can ask him the all important question?

  2. markbialczak says:

    May the week be a good one for all the characters in your mind, Austin.

  3. eurobrat says:

    Just came back from a weeklong vacation….have to say that detaching from reality is one of the best things one can do these days, if it’s possible. Hope Aaron gets to slack and daydream to his heart’s content.

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