A Professional Trying to Work

I awoke with intense heartburn, a sour taste lingering in my mouth. Lying on my stomach, I heard the distant cries of my neighbor’s children reverberating through the corridor off the aluminum siding.

Beside my desk, the evidence, an empty fifth of Bushmills lay, a silent witness to the nightcap the night before.

The consequences of drinking heavily were all too apparent as I grappled with fragmented memories and a splitting headache and a lost wallet.

I had a chilling thought: if I hadn’t positioned myself the way I did, I could have experienced a fate like Hendrix’s. I shook the thought.

Sitting up, I surveyed my surroundings. OK, I was in my apartment. Despite the pounding in my head, I noted the sights of my apartment and my wallet was missing, prompting a frantic search of my pockets. My keys were on the nightstand, my iPod was on the floor, but where was my wallet? Shit, I reached down in a quick scoop and felt in my pockets of my shorts I had been wearing.

Cold sweats started in.

The consequences of drinking heavily were all too apparent as I grappled with fragmented memories and a splitting headache and a lost wallet.

In the bathroom mirror, I sought clues of marks to the events of the previous night, finding none but a lingering sense of unease.

Despite the disorientation, a sense of relief washed over me as I located my watch lost inside a wade of crinkled bills, but still no wallet.

With a Clamato and Rolling Rock in hand, I reflected on the chaos of the morning. And with a resigned sigh, I entertained the effort involved to head out to backtrack my wallet and most likely repeat the cycle once more.

Way Past Tipsy - ran kime

Read “A Professional Trying to Work” and other stories by Ran Kime in the collection Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.