Short Story: A Break in Routine

Genre: slice of life
Related to Morning Routine.

 

“I’m late!”

She didn’t know how it kept happening. No matter what time she slept, late or early, she could never wake up on time.

She rushed through the kitchen and reached out of habit… but no breakfast pack waited for her. She checked the fridge, table, cabinet, anywhere she could think of that her housemate would leave food for her, but she couldn’t find it.

Did something happen?

She rushed into the other bedroom, where she found her housemate still in bed.

For a moment, she thought her housemate was dead, but she wasn’t. Just sick.

“Want me to take the day off?” she asked.

“No. I just need to sleep it off.”

So she went to work, but not before she packed a box of water, food, and anything else that might be useful and plonked it beside her housemate.

“Go. You’re going to be late.”

“I’m already late. A few more minutes won’t make any difference. Need anything else?”

“I’ll be fine. Remember to lock the door when you leave.”

“Ok. I’ll take away dinner for tonight,” she promised.

In her rush, she nearly forgot to lock the door. She usually didn’t need to, since her housemate started work later than she did. It was only halfway to work that she realized she forgot to grab breakfast.

Well, she was already late anyway. A quick stop for breakfast wouldn’t hurt.

~End~

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