Snow drifted down lightly outside as Jimmy stood in the doorway, his hand on the handle. There was already a light coating of snow on the grass and the road. “I’ll see you all later, then,” he said to his friends, Jenna and Terry.
“Be careful,” Jenna said. “This weather can be dangerous to drive in.”
“I know. I’ll be careful.”
“And give Michelle our love and tell we said congratulations.”
Jimmy started to leave, but Terry called to him, “Aren’t you forgetting something?”
“Huh?” Jimmy said, turning back. “Forget something?” His eyes widened as he saw Terry holding his coat out to him. Jimmy looked down and saw he wasn’t wearing a coat. “Oh, yeah,” he said with a laugh. He took the coat and put it on. “Thanks.”
“Are you sure you should be going alone?” Jenna said, concerned over his absentmindness. However, given the situation, his absentmindedness was understandable. “We can drive you to the hospital. We don’t mind.”
“Thanks, but I’ll be fine.”
“Are you sure?” Jenna said. “It’s really no problem.”
“I’m sure. I’ll call you later and let you know how things are.”
Jimmy’s cell phone rang again and he quickly answered it as he hurried out the door.”I’m on my way, babe, just keep breathing like we learned in class.” He forgot about the slick snow and ice beginning to coat the front steps, however, and slipped down the two steps to the sidewalk.
Jenna stared at him in surprise and called out to him to make sure he was okay while Terry just shook his head and laughed.
Jimmy picked himself up, wiped himself off, and waved to them with a wan smile as he made his way to his car as his friends watched.
“Be careful!” Jenna called to him as Terry muttered, “Couldn’t she have waited for a better day to go into labor?”
This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January prompt, “coat”:
I know I said I would have liked another, extra, day off work after having such a nice time over the weekend (I had a lovely little mini “vacation” weekend down at the oceanfront with my boyfriend for Valentine’s) but being stuck at home because of snow wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I am so not a winter weather person. I hate the cold, and although I think snow is pretty to look at, I just don’t like being stuck at home because of it. I’ll be so glad when it’s finally spring. And yes, I know it could be worse. I could be farther north, where I’m sure they’d much rather be dealing with the 4 inches of snow I got instead of 4 feet (or whatever) of snow.
from my oceanfront Valentine’s weekend
today’s snow day
At any rate, I guess I’ll try to make the best of it today and try to catch up on a few things and maybe try to work on the short story project I’m trying to get out. Hopefully, I can get out and go back to work tomorrow.