lost in the madness

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Submitted: April 05, 2016

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The city was crowded with busy streets as cars and people rushed to wherever they were going. You could feel the sense of urgency all around you, as if everybody had to be somewhere right that second. After dodging a few cars I managed to cross the street to the pizzeria on the corner. My mother loved this place so I always picked up something from them on the weekends. Before I even reached the other side of the sidewalk Eddie was already calling my name. Ed was an older man, but it was hard to tell exactly how old he was because he had a full head of hair and was always full of energy. He would sometimes be standing there on the corner with a cigar, or cup of wine in his hand either chatting with whoever happened to be around, or just hanging out there alone. "Hey fella, would it kill you to pull your pants up a little bit man come on, you got these people driving by having to look at that!?" He always had something to say but he was almost always right. "Sorry I forgot my belt". I knew it wasn't a good enough excuse. Ed started laughing, and took the cigar out of his mouth as he shook my hand. He was a mysterious man for sure, he definitely had money but I only knew that from talking to him for so many years. He wasn't blatant about it, in fact I think he liked to keep it a secret at times. He had an interesting perspective on life and didn't always like to share some of his more introspective thoughts- but when you did you made sure you were listening. I stepped inside. "Ay buddy, 10 more minutes alright?" I grabbed a beer from the cooler and stood outside near Ed. He already started to go on one of his rants. "Now every time I'm out here, these people are going crazy trying to get somewhere- zip, zip, zip, these cars are going to lose their wheels man. You know where I want to be? Right here doing what I'm doing. Where the fuck do I want to go? This is good with me right here." I started chuckling because the way he said these things was always funny. I always wondered what made him want to stay. It wasn't like he was creeping around or anything, because he never seemed to have any real intentions. Maybe he was hanging out to see what life might throw at him. Maybe he didn't feel like he had a place to belong to so the open world was where he would dwell. "You know I've seen a lot during my years." He continued to babble. "I know my eyesight hasn't gotten any better but you wouldn't believe some of the things I've witnessed. Somebody outta tell these people to slow the hell down, you'll get there, in time. There's too many causes for accidents nowadays to be doing that anyway. Let me tell ya when I drive I go like a turtle. These people honk, all this and that but I'm not trying to end up like that guy in the news the other day. Hey do you even watch the news? Do you know what's going on around here or you don't give a shit?" Of course I had to reply that I do watch it, even though at times I don't like to. There is usually always a great portion of bad news that is reported that makes me sick to watch. I also sometimes get the feeling that I am stuck in such a big chaotic world that I can't escape from. Ed went on, "You know if you don't watch it, you should. It is very important to know what is going on in the world right now. You might not think the other side of the world has anything to do with you but I could assure you that it does." The cars started to slow down a bit as rush hour was coming to an end. I took another sip of my drink as I continued to listen. Some time went by as the day was about to come to a close. Finally, it seemed that the city was at ease. People were getting home from work and were unwinding a little bit. The tension was over. He started talking again before I got a chance to reply.  "I tell ya man it's hard not to loose yourself in all this madness. I made it this far in life without cracking, now it's up to you young folk to deal with it. Don't get too used to being called young either man. Time is an abstract concept don't let it fool you. Just as fast as these cars were moving today, these people were walking, the city chuggin along, is as fast as time is going to fly for you until you end up like me." He started laughing. They called for me inside and I grabbed the stuff. Before I could say anything to Ed he reached in his wallet and gave me a hundred dollar bill. "Here man take this and get something for your family. Go enjoy your night at home, don't stress too hard over the little things." I tried to decline the money but he insisted. I shook his hand and walked across the street, much easier this time as the sun was almost down and barley any cars on the road. As I walked up the steps to the apartment I looked over and saw Ed still there, waiting around for whatever might come his way. 


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