Why Not

“Why not?” she stood there wearing a crooked grin.

When Pete thought about it, Harper always answered that way. Even when she told him she loved him, which wasn’t often, it was nonchalantly. No feeling behind it.

Pete imagined when he fell in love it would be with someone who was excited to be in love with him too. Truth was, Pete didn’t know if he was really in love with her. He was having fun and Harper was a good companion, be he wasn’t sure if he was giving, or able to give, all of his love to her.

His childhood friend, Cindy, moved to Chicago some years ago for a job. Every week when they talked she told Pete to move to the big city with her. Cindy could get him a job in the sports department at the paper where she worked. Pete was always reluctant because of Harper.

He sat Harper down and explained that he had a job opportunity in Chicago.

Hardly showing any emotion, “Are you serious? You going?”

Pete looked her in the eyes, “Why not?”

He was on the interstate by the evening.

Published by authorjturley

R James started writing bad poetry in his mid-30's. While taking a couple writing courses he wrote short stories with interesting characters. R James has been published in, Creepies 2: Things that go Bump in the Closet, Deviant Shadows: Tales of the Parabnormal, among others. R James got sick of the northern winters, and writes from the sunshine state, where the sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico.

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