Monday, May 16, 2016
Disappear for a While
“If you could be anywhere tonight, where would it be?” His questions were always loaded.
“Anywhere?” She twirled her hair slowly. “Right here.”
“Too predictable, try again.”
She tried to remember places she'd loved or places she'd longed to visit. There were too many to count, so she went for the easy one.
“James Dean Memorial,” she said.
He raised an eyebrow, but remained silent, letting her do the work.
“Shut up,” she said, “I like James Dean. Besides, it's not far from here.”
He smiled. “I didn't say anything.”
“You didn't have to.”
“I never have to.”
She shrugged her shoulders. “More vino?”
He nodded, and she poured. It was a pinot noir from Oregon. Expensive, not too bad.
“Have you ever been?” she asked.
“I didn't even know there was such a thing.”
Was he pulling her leg? He played dumb so well, it was hard to know. He had to be messing with her. She flicked his nose.
“I'm serious,” he said. “My James Dean knowledge is limited. What's out there?”
“Then why go?”
“There's a great view of the sky at night. You can see all the stars. It's a good place to feel small.”
“Why would you want to feel small?”
She smiled. “You never want to feel small?”
“I don't think so.”
“You never feel like there's too much going on this world and you'd just like to disappear for a while?”
“When you stare up at the stars,” she said, “it's like you disappear. You're only one tiny thing among billions of much bigger things.”
“Hard to take yourself seriously.”
She sighed. “Or anything.”