This week I jumped through the last couple of hoops, and am the proud owner of a shiny new degree (which should come in the mail within 6-8 weeks). So it’s appropriate that this week’s snippet shows someone going off on vacation. No vakay for me until I get a job (stay tuned; good news could be right around the bend).
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JB, my reluctant hero in Cascades, isn’t much for vacations, but after a conversation with his old friend Glow (here) he senses the timing might be right to get outta Dodge for a while. This snippet follows last week’s, with just a little cut out. The standard “first draft” warnings to squint apply, even though this is about 3rd draft material now.
The next day I sat in a cramped seat on the Amtrak—alone, but not in Upright. By that evening, I wouldn’t even be in the U.S. of A. anymore. And I’d thought my awkward and drunken stab at a normal life had been a complete waste of time. One weekend in Victoria, three months of wedded horror, and a quickie divorce left me with a passport card; that’s all you need to get in and out of Canada by train.
I watched the scenery go by and fantasized about never returning, about disappearing into a foreign country and just not going home. But I’m not like the man Glow was referring to, the one who left and didn’t come back.
I’m not the kind of man who breaks promises either and I’d promised Pete I’d be back at work by January second at the latest. I’d expected more of a fight, but he’d been cool, said it gave him an excuse to stay sober, or maybe rehire Glow and get lucky.
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