Jen sat at the table in the little coffee shop, her laptop sitting open in front of her, the colorful ribbons of its screensaver dancing across the monitor. She sipped her cappuccino as she watched the people sitting around her for a minute. Then she sat the mug down and tapped a key on the laptop to wake it up.
She opened a Word document and sat staring at it, her fingers poised to write something. But her fingers never moved. She just stared at the blank document and the blinking cursor patiently waiting for her.
She sat like that for a few minutes until she finally released a groan, slid her hands from the laptop and slumped back in her chair.
Her friend Riley came into the coffee shop at just that moment and spotted her. She called out to Jen and joined her at table.
“What’s up?” Riley asked. “You sounded so chipper on the phone the morning. Now you look…defeated.”
“I could just kick myself,” Jen muttered.
Riley raised a questioning eyebrow.
Jen sat up and grabbed her cappuccino. “I told you woke up with a great story idea, right?” Riley nodded and Jen took a sip before continuing. “Well, I was rushing around this morning, and I didn’t bother to make a note of the idea. I thought it was such a great idea that I’d be sure to remember it.”
Jen paused and Riley picked up the tale. “And when you got here and tried to start writing, you couldn’t remember the idea.”
Riley gave her head a small shake. “That’s why I keep telling you to make a note when you have a good idea, Jen. We’re just lying to ourselves if we think we don’t need to write it down.” Jen heaved a sigh and Riley continued. “But don’t feel so bad, Jen. It happens to us all. Even me. That’s why I keep reminding you.”
Jen gave her a small smile. “Thanks, Riley. Keep on reminding me, will you?” She raised her hand to signal to a waitress as she asked Riley, “Can I get you a cappuccino?”
This relatable post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “make a note”: