Anita woke up in Lauren's bed. Alone.
She gave a deep sigh. She'd left the door unlocked. Anyone could have came in. She'd dreamed Archie and Theresa were both here and Theresa had wanted Anita to watch them, but she wouldn't. She hated her more now. Really, it wasn't worth making the effort with Theresa.
Besides as she looked around Lauren's room, she was certain of it now that she wanted to be a grownup. A real mature person about the situation.
She got up then and made the bed.
Her stomach growled, and she needed to go to the bathroom. She was just in her pajama pants and Hello Kitty T-shirt. Barefooted, she went up to do her essentials for the morning. After she peed, she brushed her teeth, washed her face.
She looked at herself, not feeling ashamed. There was no need too.
When she got back out in the hall, she heard someone in the kitchen. She smelled bacon. Maxie was already cooking breakfast.
"Who are you?" Maxie looked at her as if she didn't belong here.
"Lauren, said I could stay at her place while she was away." She introduced herself while Maxie poured her coffee.
"Did she now? And are you planning on any parties in her room?" Maxie looked concerned.
Anita shook her head, no. She nursed her coffee.
Jamie arrived then. All fresh as if he couldn't wait to get the day started. She really wished she had that sort of energy, but she kept thinking of how used she felt being with Theresa. A part of her knew she was addicted to her, and it hurt to know the reality of this.
"And what do we have here?" Jamie looked at her while sipping coffee. "You're like a little dark rain cloud, now aren't you?"
"Sorry." She didn't know what else to say. "You work at the library, don't you?"
"Yes, granted, I'm not the director or anything." He smirked.
"I'm taking Lauren's hours for her while she's on tour."
"Maybe you'll find a good book then. Something to change your attitude." He told her.
"I'll look." She nodded.
"Cheer up, I'm sure you'll find someone more fitting right around the corner," he then said. "You just have to be ready."
Anita didn't know how to react to his suggestion.
Maxie served her breakfast then.
Jamie grabbed a piece of bacon from the plate sitting on the counter. Maxie gave him a playful slap. Jamie fed the rest of the bacon to Maxie. Really, Anita felt she'd intruded on a moment between them. She looked at the plate of food and sliced the fried egg with her fork. The yellow egg yolk puddled into her hash-browns. She thought of sunshine. Was it really right around the corner? Honestly, everything was awful gloomy to think there was a chance of it.
6 hours ago