Abend scratched at his chin, feeling the stubble, and grinned. He could hear Aurora's teasing voice, "If you want a kiss, you'll need to shave first." He flicked off the bathroom light and sighed. There would be no kiss, just a phone call to his favorite girl. Abend pulled on a sweatshirt to guard against the chill and wandered to his hotel room's kitchenette, searching for something hot to drink. A nondescript ivory mug sat in the sink. He rinsed it and filled it with water before putting it in the mini-microwave and pressing the button marked, "beverage". Running his hand through his hair, he checked his watch, the Rolex Aurora had surprised him with before he left for this trip. "So you won't lose track of time and forget to call me," she'd said, winking.
The timepiece read seven forty-five. Just then the microwave beeped and Abend carefully lifted the steaming mug and dropped in a tea bag from the hotel stash. Blowing across the surface of the mug, he settled into the armchair near the window and pulled out his notes from his most recent interviews. The next fifteen minutes crawled toward eight o'clock.
Pouring the boiling water into her emerald mug, Aurora smiled as her phone rang. Abend's ring tone filled the quiet kitchen and she slipped into a chair at the kitchen table.
"Hey there, my girl. Did I wake you?"
"No. I've been waiting for your call. How are you?"
"Busy, as you'd expect. I covered the ski jump events, even interviewing the gold medalist from China."
"Wonderful! I'll look for you at the bottom of the hill."
"Sure, I'll be the one in the blue hat amidst the sea of reporters. Are you staying busy?"
"I have a meeting across the bay in Sausalito in a bit."
A few seconds ticked by in silence.
"I miss you."
"I miss you, too. Just five more days."
"I made reservations at Cupola."
"I can taste the pizza."
"I'm sorry, I have to go."
"Have a great day, Aurora."
"I will. And you sleep well."
As the phone went silent, Aurora sighed. "Time is the longest distance between two places."
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A 500-word piece inspired by The Glass Menagerie quote, "Time is the longest distance between two places." and the image above. A little fun with language: Aurora is Latin for "goddess of the dawn" while Abend is German for "evening".