Annie & Jack After Forty

All Rights Reserved ©

Chapter 25

Annie

I walk to the bus stop catty-corner from Jack’s building downtown. He wanted me to drive his car, but I refused. I like to support public transit. The buses are clean, and it doesn’t take long to get anywhere.

I’m surprised when I see Jerry at this stop. It’s a rainy, cold day; he must not have wanted to take his bike out in this weather. I know he said he lived downtown. But I never thought about him living close to Jack’s location.

“Hey, hi. Do you live around here? Are you headed into work like me?” I ask when he ducks under the little shelter at the stop

“Yeah. What are you doing at this stop? I’ve never seen you here before.”

“My boyfriend works.” I point to Jack’s building, “There. I was over hanging out. I didn’t work with my cousin today, and Jill just called to ask me to cover for her tonight.”

I’m glad Jerry took my refusal for a date in stride. I told him I didn’t want to date anyone from work. I didn’t want to risk the chance of any awkwardness at The Stardust, a job I not only enjoy but need. Jerry makes excellent tips. He’s a nice-looking man who can flirt and woo the people hanging out at the bar waiting on their tables. The women really like him.

I yawn. “Goodness, I can’t wake up tonight.”

“I’ll make you some coffee when we get into work.” Jerry chuckles and leads me onto the bus. “Do you want me to put a shot of espresso in it?” he jokes.

I laugh, “Maybe, depends on how busy we are tonight.” I yawn again. “Gosh, I hate it being dark so early, I can’t wait until spring arrives.”

“Me too, though I like the darkness earlier at night. It helps me relax and unwind my thoughts, and I tend to fall asleep earlier.”

“That’s true,” I dab under my watery eyes.

Jerry shake’s his head at me and half-smiles. He’s quiet most of the time at work when we’re all cleaning up for the night and chit-chatting about our lives. He hasn’t offered up a lot about himself at work, like most of us have. All I know is that he’s divorced but still stays at his ex-wife’s place to spend time with his only child, a boy who’s still pretty young.

When he's not staying with his ex and son he lives with his mom to help her out. I know his divorce is new, and he didn’t want it at first. He’s a junior high science teacher who works as a bartender at The Stardust four nights a week and occasionally on weekends. He’s sometimes can sound bitter about his life, but he’s a hard worker, and that says a lot of good things about a person.

I yawn again. “I’m making you an espresso as soon as we get to work, darlin’.” He bumps my shoulder, smiles, and takes a seat beside me on the bus.

Continue Reading Next Chapter

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.