Part 5 of more
It was snowing softly. The snowflakes were so beautiful. They fell with grace, a kind of grace, which my eyes were not accustomed to seeing much. It appeared as if they were dancing to a melody only they could hear. One after another they would land on the windshield of my rental car. I tried to count them, but even this could not keep my mind distracted.
Really? I must have repeated that single word a hundred times. What was she thinking? Or was she thinking at all? My thoughts were unclear. I tried in vain to rationalize what just happened, but the only rationale I could generate was, really? I drove quickly. Too fast for someone as inexperienced as I am driving in snow, real snow. I didn’t care. I grabbed my phone and dialed.
“Thank you for calling American Express Air, how may I help you?” a subtle female voice spoke.
“Yes ma’am, I have a quick question for you that you might be able to help me with.” I answered.
“Ok, sure no problem. Go ahead sir.”
“I am scheduled to fly out on the day after tomorrow and I was wondering if there is any way I could catch an earlier flight. Hopefully tomorrow some time?” I asked.
“Sure, let me check for you real quick. What is your flight number?”
This phone conversation was great. It provided me with a distraction, however short or small from the painful realization that my girlfriend was cheating on me. The lady from the airline was super helpful. My flight was rescheduled to tomorrow afternoon. A much needed feeling of relief coursed through my body.
I searched my GPS for a hotel close by the airport. There were several within a short distance. I fixed my eyes on the road while I gripped my steering wheel tightly. Really, really? My phone vibrated on the seat next to me. I let it ring, ring, and ring. It was Tiffany calling and texting me.
I pulled into a Hotel’s parking light. Thankful for the bright sign that signaled its location, which cut through the now heavy snow fall. I shut the engine off. I leaned back in my seat with my eyes closed. Really, really? I took a deep breath and opened my eyes. I started to count. I couldn’t keep up. I continued to count.