My class would end in less than twenty minutes, but I was still restless; my craving for lemonade making me bite my lip. Oh, I thought, you sweet and tasty beverage. What I wouldn’t do to get some of you. When my professor wasn’t looking I would let my head lull against my fist and look out the window behind him, at my reflection in the glass.
It was dark outside, probably freezing too, and I did not relish the idea of having to walk out there to get to my car. I imagined myself shivering outside, speeding toward the parking structure underneath the cold, unforgiving stars.
My professor continued to drone on, and by now I was too entrenched in my staring into the void just beyond the doors to answer the question he asked me. I said the first thing that came to mind when I realized his eyes had turned to me: “I believe that the answer is no, because the theory is insufficient to account for the externalities caused by excess pollution by corporations.”
The professor nodded with a look of confusion he clearly tried to hide, then he continued to lecture. I never got an answer one way or another whether I was on topic, but it would have been on topic half an hour ago so I took his moving on as a good sign.
I looked at the clock: ten minutes left before I would be outside in the breeze flowing down from the Arctic. I let myself drift off, staring at the sunless sky, wondering at the clouds that dotted the horizon beyond the fluorescent lamps just outside the door. Perhaps I am thinking of this all wrong, I thought. Perhaps I am a carefree snowflake, wafting on a gentle breeze without a care toward the frigid temperature –
Ah. Class is over. Time for a walk on the mild side.
C. Louise Williams
This free write was inspired by prompt #1 of the 365 prompt challenge on thinkwritten.com.
The mentally ill know.
. . . . . ……………………….to imagine beyond………………………. . . . . . .
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