By Dan Leicht
What time is it? Last I remembered I was writing about the different characters for a new story. There’s going to be four main characters. Is that enough? Too many? Hmm. I wrote a paragraph on each. I turned the page in my notepad and even wrote some dialogue to get a feel for how they each might speak. The lead character is sarcastic. Do people like reading sarcasm? I hope so.
Where did the time go? It’s 5AM. I’ll have to wake up for work in an hour. Is it worth getting more sleep? How much have I slept already? I remember it getting close to midnight. I must have fallen asleep at midnight. Time for caffeine. Now where was I? I was building some scenes. The characters are at a school assembly. How old are they? What’s the assembly about? I didn’t get that far. Guess I have some work to do.
Good thing the coffee is brewing.
The first sip sends me back to the page. The assembly is an orientation. It’s the first day of school. I remember those days. Now it’s the same day over and over again at work. There are no more first days, just the same days. Do I miss school? I don’t think so. I don’t think I miss first days, although I could certainly use one. A fresh take on the world. I don’t remember school having free coffee. That might be a bust. Work does have it’s benefits.
The principal speaks: Welcome students.
The students aren’t paying attention. The lead character says something sarcastic to the student next to him. They both laugh.