Friends in the Light

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Craft of Flannuer

Submitted: December 02, 2015

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~~Friends in the Light
 Black. Like it’s the 1800’s or something where they had to carry around lanterns. Why aren’t any of these lights working? How did people get around with only the semi glow of the round white cheese hanging in the night sky. Cheese. That sounds good. As Tom wandered around the dirty slum of LA, confused, lost, fed up with life, he tried to find his way back to the place he called home.
 Tom put one foot in front of the other in his one eyed blue jeans with his old “This is the Life” T-shirt. He swooshed his brown greasy hair out of his face and saw a couple going at it on a corner. He hollered rudely and turned the corner. How did he end up here? At twenty four years old Tom thought he would have gotten somewhere by now, but where is he? Alone and lost in the dark. But why should he care? He took a swig of his beer longing for that love/hate relationship with it as it ran down his throat. He looked into the eye of the long neck bottle. He threw it at the gray brick wall; mad that it was empty and he didn’t have any money in his pocket to buy another. The clash of the bottle against the wall was a satisfying sound to his ears of a manly throw. 
 Great. Three men were approaching him. Just what he needed. “Dude I swear!” “You did not hook up with that tramp!” “It’s not like any of you are getting any; we’re all together late at night with a bunch of bros.” Tom heard them all laughing as they passed by him as if he were invisible. Tom stopped and looked back at the men. The three dark silhouettes laughed and playfully punched each other. As they got further and further away Tom had to start squinting to see the black figures of friends. He cursed and continued walking up the street that would possibly lead him home. Tom felt a little light headed like his world was spinning out of control, yet the world around him seemed happy. Happy to be in the darkness and dread. Why is everyone so happy? There is no way he is going to find his house. Why even bother, it’s not like someone is waiting for him there. Jeff is probably sleeping like a baby in that creaky, bug infested bed. Some roommate.
Tom plopped down on the cold pavement and decided this would be his bed for the night. A scruffily, gray, skinny cat came near him as if he was going to give Tom some great life advice. Its hairy small paws came near Tom’s legs and began to nudge its spherical head against him begging Tom to pet him. A cat? That’s the best he could do? The cat purred as it braided between Tom’s two legs yearning for love. Tom saw two black saucers looking into his soul as if to give him one more chance, but then went on its way. “Dumb cat,” Tom murmured to himself as it strolled away from him. He sighed and let his mind go black.
A small yellow glow began to rise on the east, or what he assumed was the east. Finally some light. Man his head hurt. Tom looked around as he got up. He had slept uncomfortably on the cold cement when there was a small area of somewhat green grass only six feet away from him. A black car roared down the road next to him; causing his head to hurt even more. He grumbled as he walked to the other corner to see the name of the street he was at; maybe from there he could find his way home. He stared up at the green perpendicular sign that read in white “Sunny Lane”.  Tom knew he just had to go down this road a couple of blocks and make a right. He passed by a convenience store where two couples were getting gas. One of the men was pumping the gas trying to look manly. There were a lot of bags in the car; must be going on some trip. The other man had is girl hanging on his arm while the girls were talking and laughing about something. He kept walking just wanting to get to his house. It had been a long night. A lonely and dark night.


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