Time never seems to slow down when you want it to and it never speeds up either. In my particular situation I wish time would just slow down because I'm on a beat the clock challenge. For the first time in a long time, I overslept and now I might be late for work. I have only a half hour until I'm supposed to be at work and I still have to take a shower.
I quickly jump out of my bed, careful not to trip over the various items on the floor. Heading straight for my closet, I grab a pair of black slacks and a white blouse off of a hanger and speed walk to my bathroom. I lock the bathroom door and turn to the shower, twisting the clear knob until the water is warm. I enter my shower and I quickly wash my body, hoping that I will still make it on time.
About ten minutes later, I turn off the water faucet and hop into my clothes. I look at the clock, monitoring my time. Only twenty minutes left. I grab a bagel from my kitchen pantry and pick up my car keys from the counter by the stove before heading for the door. As I open the wooden door of my apartment I see something slowly flutter to the ground. My eyes follow the orange square sheet of paper until it hits the ground.
I bend over and pick up the slip of paper. My eyes scan over it and by the time I get past the first two words, I immediately know what this is about. It's another eviction notice reminding me that I have one more night to go or I have to leave. I wish I had an extended amount of time but my landlord has given me more than enough time. My paycheck doesn't come in for awhile and I don't know if that's going to be enough.
Reminding myself that I need to get to work in under fifteen minutes, I lock the door and head to my car. I put the key into the ignition and begin my drive to work. On my way to work, I try my best to scarf down my bagel without choking. It would be a tragic incident if I lost my youth due to a bagel chewing accident.
With three minutes to spare, I ride the elevator up to my office in hopes that my boss isn't already there. I walk into my office, which is really bigger than a normal sized cubicle, and sit in the black office chair that sits in front of my computer desk. I look around and my eyes soon land on one of my co-workers: Robin. Robin begins to walk towards me, a cup of coffee in her hands and her dark brown curly hair bouncing with every step she takes. I smile at her as she approaches me and we make eye contact.
"Hey, Allegra," She smiles brightly. "You're a little late today."
"I'm not late," I say as I pick up my cell phone to check the time. "I'm right on time."
"What I meant was that you're later than usual." Robin smirks as she sips her coffee and begins to walk towards her own cubicle.
"I just woke up a little late," I respond. I turn on my computer, log onto my account, and wait for it to load all of my files and settings.
"It happens," I hear someone say. I glance to my right and see Michelle walk into the room.
"Hey, Michelle." I say, standing up and greeting her with a hug.
"Allegra, hey!" I hear her exclaim with a wide grin on her face. "How are you and Austin doing?"
"We are great," I smile at her. "Everything couldn't be better."
"Oh, now that's a lie." Michelle says as she sits in the cubicle next to mine.
"Why is that a lie?" I ask as I look at her, raising a single eyebrow as I do.
"I don't know," Michelle answers. "I just felt like messing with you."
"Oh great," I mutter sarcastically.
I turn towards my computer and open a few files. I look through the list of names and wonder what I am supposed to do. Now that Michelle has gotten me to think about Austin, my mind draws a blank. Oh boy, I better fix this fast. What if the boss man were to come in here right now for a surprise evaluation? Even though I know Mr. Grace would never do such a thing, what if today happened to be one of those days where he's feeling spontaneous?
I've only been in this office for twenty minutes and I already want to go home. Normally I am pretty content with going to work but with all that's been happening, meaning my eviction, I really don't feel like going through file after file and directing people on what they should do when it comes to a customer. Since I am the manager of the Vitex Security System office in this little town of mine, I assume that a lot is expected of me.
"So what are you and Austin doing tonight?" I hear Robin ask as she walks over to the copy machine with a bunch of papers in her hands.
"What makes you think that we are doing something tonight?" I ask without a glance in her direction as I read an email from one of my co-workers.
"I'm only assuming." She says as she walks back to her desk, her heals knocking against the floor.
"I don't know yet," I say to her, answering her question. "Maybe we'll go to the beach or something."
"Oh, like a walk on the beach?" Michelle chimes in and I can't help but stop what I'm doing to look at her.
"I guess," I say as I knit my eyebrows together at her strange excitement. "Why the enthusiasm?"
"Come on," She scoffs. "A walk on the beach? That's so romantic, Ally!"
"Ally?" I ask.
"Short of Allegra," Michelle smiles.
"Um, okay." I look back at my computer screen prepared to ignore Michelle and continue with my work. Right when I was finally working she had to distract me.
As the hours pass by, our conversations throughout the office become non-existent. Shortly the time reaches five o'clock p.m and I finish up some paperwork before beginning to clean up my work area. As usual, I am the last person to leave. I glance around the office before turning off the lights and shutting the door. I walk towards the elevator and before I can step in, I hear someone call out my name.
"Allegra!" I turn around and see my boss walking towards me with a brown briefcase in his hands.
"Yes, Mr. Grace?" I say as I wait for him to catch up with me.
"At five thirty tomorrow, please come in and see me." He says.
"Okay." I say.
"Have a good night Allegra." Mr. Grace says as he gives me a small smile before walking away. What was that all about?
Austin slips his fingers through mine and my heart start to pound at a thousand beats per minute as we walk the sandy beach shore. I look up at him and smile, remembering our various walks on the beach. The cool sea breeze blows across my skin, pressing against my clothes, and infiltrating my nose with the smell of the salty ocean. Eventually, we stop walking and we just sit in a random spot. I lay my head against Austin, closing my eyes and just breathing.
"I'm so lucky to have you, Allegra." I hear Austin say, his words vibrating against my ear as I listen through his chest.
"I think I'm the lucky one," I smile.
"I love you, Allegra. I always will." I look up at Austin as he looks down at me and he softly smiles, placing a gentle kiss on my lips.