Written for OLWG #37
It was a bright and clear Friday afternoon when Alfredo stopped into the cantina on his way home, as was his custom.
“Oye, cantinero,” he greeted Miguel, behind the bar.
“Buenos tardes, Fredo. Good afternoon. ¿Cerveza?”
“Not today, thank you,” he replied as he reached into his front pocket to pull out a few pesos, “just a paper please.”
He put the money on the bar and took the proffered copy of the day’s news. Tipping his hat, he spun on his heel as he left the bar – headed for home with a spring in his step. Once there, he pulled on his fragile wire spectacles and sat at the table to read the paper. Alfredo had decided that the world was a large and busy place. He didn’t know enough about it. He needed to read more. Thirty minutes later he folded the paper and set it aside. The world is a mess, he thought and he shook his head. At least he would be able to discuss some current events tonight though. That was good.
His small house was quiet as he pushed back his chair. He needed to wash up, but he had plenty of time.
He shaved, he dressed, and he looked at the clock on the bedside table. It was still early yet. He sat on the edge of his bed. He wondered if Sra. Delgado’s children would be there. He determined that they probably would. That would be proper, after all.
Alfredo had waited an entire year after Ricardo Delgado had passed. An entire year before he asked Sra. Delgado if she would allow him to call on her. It had been the longest year of his life, and he had been pleased when she agreed.
If things went well tonight, perhaps in a few months she would invite him to call her Carla and he could ask her to call him Alfredo. He looked over at the clock again – time was moving so slowly tonight. He lay back on the bed and closed his eyes. Just a quick nap, he thought, just a quick nap to keep him sharp.
There were three prompts this week – I got two of them:
- not today, thank you
- don’t know enough about it
Don’t think! Write!
You have 25 minutes but if it takes longer – just don’t tell anyone.