29 Years & 364 Days

Day 55: 29 – “Imagine it’s your last day of being 29. How do you think you would feel? Will you be excited about turning 30 or not?”

“29 Years and 364 days. Today is a milestone for me.” said Katie.

I cannot wait for work to end so we can par-tay! Chris shouted out the window of the Mexican fast food restaurant. But first I need to go home to shower. I smell like someone who has been running for the border.

“Chris, you would need more than a shower to get rid of your stench. I wish you wouldn’t make jokes like that.”

“C’mon Katie. You said it yourself. It is a joke. Anyway how does it feel to be almost 30 and still working in a fast food restaurant.”

“I don’t know Chris, how does it feel to be 30 and still work in a fast food restaurant and have your girlfriend as your manager?” asked Katie.

“Whatever! I will mop the floor so we can leave,” said Chris.

Katie had thought about turning 30 all week. In fact, that is all she thought about. She wondered how she ended up working in hell with a boyfriend who was going nowhere and never encouraged her to improve her life. All Chris wanted to do was get high every night, play videos games, then fall asleep on the sofa. She felt lonely. She wanted more out of life. She want romance, a family, and a career. She did not want to just barely survive. None of her childhood dreams were coming true. She gave herself away to someone who was using her as nothing more than a roommate.

“Are you done counting the drawers yet?” Chris asked.

“Yes, almost.” She snapped back to reality for a second, but quickly returned to her fantasy world. She once thought Chris was so handsome and that was all that mattered. He was so popular in high school with all the girls, but he chose her. She had felt special with him, but those days were a long time ago. She was ready to move on from high school puppy love.

“Are you ready to go?”

“Yes, let me lock the money in the safe first. Go warm up the car and text the gang that we’ll be at The Buffalo Club in 10.” She turned toward the back room, but stopped short. “Chris?”

“What?”

“I want to…” She wanted to say it, but decided to wait until tomorrow. She always did tomorrow what she should have done today.

“You wanna what?” Chris looked at his mobile phone instead of looking at Katie.

“Nothing. It can wait until tomorrow. She went into the back room, opened the safe, threw in the money bag. After locking the safe and turning off the lights she grabbed her coat and purse. “It is time to celebrate! I can wait one more day to change my life,” said Katie to nobody, but herself.

As Chris drove toward The Buffalo Club, he noticed it was 11.59. “Less than a minute until your birthday Katie.” He kept looking at his mobile phone and the road ahead of them. “Are you ready?”

Katie smiled the biggest smile she had smiled in a long time. “Yes!”

“5, 4”

She noticed they were at the corner of N. Maple Grove and W. Fairview Ave.

“3, 2…..”

Excerpt From: Scott Green. “397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas.” Apple Books.

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