I Can See Clearly Now

“I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with you lately,” Holly confessed with a smile before taking a long sip of her coffee.

“What did I do this time?” Aaron replied with a chuckle.

He wasn’t being arrogant or cocky.  He simply knew that a compliment from her was a big deal, but he wanted to play it off like he heard them all the time.  The truth was, he didn’t get them very often because he was a very difficult human being.

It was a beautiful Sunday for the last day of July, and the best friends were seated on their favorite bench next to the river.

Aaron drank some of his Snapple while he awaited her reply.

short story, humor, Modern Philosopher“First, you got new windows installed and put up new drapes.  Then you handled the rejection from the publisher well by sending out more query letters.  Now you’ve finally gotten a landscaper to remove those ugly bushes from the front of your house.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you’ve been possessed by a spirit who is much more mature and doesn’t fear change and failure.”

She flashed a sly grin that only made her look more beautiful.

“Such a smart ass,” he replied.  “I’d be offended by that left-handed compliment if I weren’t left-handed.  So I’m just going to thank you for noticing my growth.”

“And the Health teachers told us we’d stop growing after high school…” she quipped.

Aaron rolled his eyes and took another sip of Snapple.

“I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I have felt the need to improve my life.  Even though one of my oldest and most trustworthy philosophies is “Change is bad“.  I’m not really sure what’s happening, but I’m just trying to roll with it.”

As much fun as it was to needle Aaron, Holly knew she couldn’t push it too far because then he’d stop making all these positive changes.  That was the last thing she wanted to happen.

“When we were sitting on your porch last night, I couldn’t help but notice how much nicer the view is now with those bushes out of the way,” she changed the topic slightly.

“That was probably the effect of all the wine you were drinking, rather than the work of the landscaper,” he shot back with an evil chuckle.

flash fiction, relationships, humor“It was good wine, but half a glass isn’t going to impair my vision, wise ass,” she countered.

“You’re right,” he conceded.  “Having those impediments out of the way really does open up the view and allows the natural light to hit the porch.  I’m already noticing the difference.”

She grinned.  “Sometimes, something’s right there in front of you, but you don’t even notice it because you allow other things to hinder your view.”

Aaron turned to his friend, looked at her for a moment, and smiled.  “You really can be corny sometimes.  Correction: pretty much all of the time.”

Now it was her turn to roll her eyes.  “I can be just as philosophical as you.  And for your information, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being corny.”

He gave her another look and then turned his attention to the river.

She noticed it, though.  No matter how hard he tried to hide it.  There was something in the way he had looked at her.  Like he suddenly saw something differently.

Holly’s cheeks blushed slightly.  She knew not to ruin the moment by saying anything.

She just took another sip of her coffee and savored the moment.

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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13 Responses to I Can See Clearly Now

  1. kristianw84 says:

    Awww. I can’t help my gushing over these two. I love the banter between them. They are too cute! 😍

  2. beth says:

    Slowly but surely

  3. WebbBlogs says:

    Holly needs to grab him and just kiss him already. There are feelings between these two, I can feel it. 😁😁

    • Austin says:

      You probably haven’t read back back enough yet, but their history is that they went on a date years ago. Aaron thought it went well. Holly thought they should just be friends.

      Holly now regrets that decision, but Aaron has built up a huge wall around his heart and isn’t going to risk getting hurt again. Plus, he doesn’t want to lose his best friend…

  4. markbialczak says:

    I imagine life is going to be even better when they cross the divide, Austin.

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