Now You Don’t

It was a sunny Sunday in Maine.  The best friends sat on their favorite bench next to the river.

Aaron had already declared it Sweaty Sunday, much to Holly’s disgust, because of how profusely he had perspired on his morning run.

“I really like your new windows,” Holly remarked after a sip of coffee.  “Thanks for inviting me over to see them.”

Aaron grinned and then took a long hit off his Snapple bottle.  “I figured that for how much they cost me, someone else ought to get the opportunity to appreciate them.”

She chuckled.  He had such a skewed view of the world, but she had to admit that she appreciated his unique insight.

short story, humor, Modern Philosopher“You might feel the crunch on your wallet now, but it’s going to pay off every winter when you end up spending less to heat the house,” she remarked.

Aaron chuckled.  She had such a skewed view of the world, but he had to admit that he appreciated her unique insight.

“Your optimism will forever balance my pessimism,” he quipped.

Holly grinned.  She knew that was his version of a compliment and she was going to take it.

“Which window is your favorite?” she asked as she knew full well he’d have an opinion on that.

“While I know I will eventually love the one in my bedroom the most because I’ll be warmer in the winter and won’t have to listen to rattling panes every time there’s a strong wind, but right now, my clear favorite is the one along the staircase.”

Holly’s grin grew into a smile.  She had a sense that would be his answer, and she even had a theory as to why, but she needed to hear it from him.

“Why’s that?” she asked all innocently.

Aaron’s handsome face lit up because this was an answer he definitely wanted to share.

“Obviously because it looks like a portal into another dimension,” he replied without hesitation.

flash fiction, best friends, Modern Philosopher“How so?” she egged him along, thrilled that she had been correct.

“Do you remember the old window?” he asked.  “It had all that intricate woodwork in it.  The ex-wife loved it, called it something like a beehive pattern, and said it was all fancy shmancy.  The new window has no such mish mosh disturbing my view.  In fact, it’s so clear that it looks like there’s nothing there at all.  In fact, twice now, as I’ve passed it on the stairs, I’ve reached out to touch the glass just to assure myself there is a window.”

“Maybe you need to leave a few fingerprints on it so you’ll always be sure,” she giggled.

“When I look at it, it makes me feel like there’s a painting hanging on the wall.  The view through it is so clear, so pristine that it just gives me the sense there’s a whole new world on the other side.”

“Please don’t try walking through it to test that theory,” she pleaded with a smile.  “I don’t need any middle of the night phone calls to take you to the hospital because you hit your head and then fell down the staircase because the non-existent portal closed on you.”

He rolled his eyes, but didn’t say anything because he knew there was a chance that he would try to do something that stupid.  His imagination often got the better of him and led to injuries.

“I’ll do my best to fight the urge to visit other dimensions,” he promised.

Holly chuckled and took another sip of her coffee.

“When I was over to look at the windows, I noticed you had a new welcome mat.”

Aaron hung his head and sighed.  “That was a huge mistake.  It made sense at the time because I was in home improvement mode and the old mat was in rough shape.  Now I realize, however, that people will get the wrong impression and think I might actually want visitors.”

“That’s the negative side of home remodeling that they never tell you about,” she joked.

But Aaron didn’t get that it was a joke.  He just nodded and lamented his decision to purchase something that might interfere with his near total isolation from the rest of the world…

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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10 Responses to Now You Don’t

  1. kristianw84 says:

    Holly is right about the energy savings, though. They are so cute!

    The window looks very nice! I, too, like how there is nothing to obstruct the view.

  2. WebbBlogs says:

    I love these two. I am hoping this friendship goes in a romantic direction, but then again maybe what makes me love them so much is the direction they are already in. Hummm, I think I will just leave this up to the expert 😁😁

  3. beth says:

    Love that view!

  4. markbialczak says:

    That is an awesome new window, Austin!

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