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The flight had been delayed for four hours now. He figured they would cancel it soonwith this long a wait, they always did eventually. His fingers tapped on the hard black plastic arm of the uncomfortable vinyl seat. He wondered if theyd made the seats purposefully so youd want to get out of them.
Maybe he should pick up a sandwich. He checked his watched to see if anything would still be open. 7:46. Good.
He hadnt eaten since that bag of peanuts and a club soda on the way here, thinking hed eat when he got home. Home seemed much farther away than it did four hours ago.
He rose. Even though he was wearing pants, he still somehow stuck to the vinyl. Peeling off , he made his way to the chain sub place ten feet away he just hadnt noticed until now.
Turns out they were all out of fresh stuff by then. He picked up a prepared turkey-and-cheese submarine wrapped in shiny plastic, paid two dollars or so, and left. He stopped at a vending machine
Nine TimesI saw him nine times.
The first time we were both sitting in the room together, getting ready to take the math test that would determine our placement. I was scatterbrained and throwing things around, trying to find the pencils that I had known I would need but had still just tossed in my purse. He was lounging backwards in his chair, looking for all the world as though he didn’t have a single care in the world, including the upcoming test. It annoyed me, that I was frantic and ready to scream, while someone else could be that relaxed.
I tested out of the class.
I don’t know if he did.
The second time I saw him, it was a few months after I arrived on campus. He was the one rushing and frantic this time, running across the square. He was probably late for class, though I had no way of knowing for sure. I was already lost in my own thoughts and ideas, deciding on my major and convincing people that yes, this is what I really want to do with my life. If they weren
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