At the gas station, I wanted to disappear. A ghost made of tissue paper twisted from a tree branch. There wasn’t any wind, just normal air. It smelled like springtime, but it was October.
A man fell over on the sidewalk. He caused such a mess, it appeared eggs had fallen out of his pockets. I looked away.
An hour earlier I’d signed a lease on an apartment by the beach. The broker’s office had wood paneling. The world was scattered with long windows I couldn’t see through. Plastic batted against glass. Everything was a little smoke-damaged.
An SUV pulled up. A woman stepped out, messed with her purse, then got back in and drove off.
I paced a bit, picked a quarter off the ground.
I thought about trying to steal the gun from behind the counter. But what if they didn’t have a gun? I wanted to commit to something. I wanted it to be obvious.