“What happened to you?”
“I spent yesterday at the DMV.”
“Ah,” he said, knowingly. “How bad was it?”
“Bad enough, although the people were very nice and they didn’t ask for the first born of my great-great-great grandchildren. No blood was shed and I kind of liked the guy who was with me for my road test. We talked politics and about our old neighborhoods.”
“You took a road test?”
“Okay, then,” he said, washing his face.
“They have everyone stand far apart in lines, then make all of us sit next to people, so closely that our legs almost touch. How does that make sense?”
“It’s the DMV and you’re looking for things to make sense?”
“Right. Silly of me.”
“Did you pass?”
“Of course, but I had to constantly remind myself not to speed.”
“You know there isn’t another animal on the entire planet that owns anything. They have no need for bags or suitcases, cars, moving vans, or anything else.”
“What’s your point?”
“We don’t need clothes either. You’re the only one’s who don’t have self regulating bodies. You freeze and fry and I don’t know…you’re just so needy and weak. It’s as if you’re unprepared to actually live without a lot of stuff.”
“You have things all over the places you live. How could you possibly survive if that was all taken away from you?”
“Do you know something I don’t?”
“You see a lot of different kinds of people at the DMV.”
“Yeah, well, diversity and all that.”
She nodded. “It was kind of strange.”
“You don’t get out enough.”
“Maybe,” she snickered.
“It’s getting darker earlier and earlier.”
“Gee, thanks for that uplifting bit of news.”
“Winter is coming.”
“Winter is always coming and then construction will end for awhile. Those are really the only two seasons we have. Winter and construction.”
“I heard they’re sending the Feds in, to try and control the gun traffic.”
“Hmmm. I think the city is suing Indiana because that’s where over twenty percent of guns come from.”
“Do you think that will change anything?”
“Neither do I.”
“The problems are systemic,” she said. “Until we deal with the cause, nothing will change.”
“Will you buy sardines for tonight at your place.”
“I don’t like doing that, but I will.”
“Yes, and for the others.”
“We need protein or we’ll die.”
“I know that.”
“Maybe a hamster or gerbil, as well.”
She sighed, and finished cleaning up. “It’s late, I’ll stop at the store on the way home and see you guys when you get to my place.”
“Aren’t you going to kiss me and tell me that you love me?”
“Definitely,” she said, as she leaned over him. “I love, love, love you,” she whispered into his fur, kissing him between words.”
“Okay, okay, that’s enough!” he said, licking his shoulder.
She laughed and walked away.
“Watch out when you’re crossing the street,” he said.
She laughed and kept walking.