Lara sits at her desk at work and has quite a difficult time focusing on the tasks at hand. She does not want to be there. She wants to be snuggled in her bed taking a nap attempting to drive the cold virus from her poor, tired body. She wishes she were wearing thick socks and flannel jamma pants with a couple of warm t-shirts instead of the nice dress shoes, slacks, and turtleneck that look attractive but are binding and uncomfortable when the body isn’t well.
As she sits at the desk, she keeps checking her email, kind of like checking the regular mail at home, hoping someone in the world besides advertisers wants to chat or say hello. But no. Everyone else is busy living their own lives and doing their own thing on this rainy and cold afternoon.
Every so often she turns to the file she is working on and puts in some effort, but cannot do so without difficulty. The sun has just peeked through the clouds and touches her head through the window next to her desk. She looks up and sees the droplets sparkling in the light and wishes it were warmer and that she were out of doors. But this is wishful thinking. The tree next to the window is leafless and moves ever so slightly in the wind. It is cold out there. Even the light is cold.
Daydreams fill her thoughts as her head drops to her hand, her elbow on the edge of the desk. Her eyes close slightly. She imagines a spa, a spa in the desert of California. She’s going to have a massage. After the massage, she will lie in the sun and relax, drinking warm tea. Later she will soak in a hottub, tendrils of damp hair curling at her neck. Warm hands press into her aching should …..RRRRIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG!!
The phone in her office rings, slamming her back into reality. Crap. The phone. She does NOT want to answer the phone. She wants to pretend she’s getting a massage from a beautiful man at a spa in the desert. She does not want to speak to some unhappy client who is pissed off that another attorney in the office did not return her call. “Yes, I’m sorry he did not call you back. Oh yes. I would be angry too. Of course. I KNOW you paid us eight hundred dollars and that IS a lot of money. You are correct. Yes. Well, that really isn’t an emergency, although I can see how you would think that it is, but it’s not. I can assure you. All you need to do is tell that creditor you filed for bankruptcy. Give them your case number and the date you filed and they will leave you alone. Yes. Yes. I promise. Believe me. In 99 percent of the cases they go away. Yes. I know. I know. Well make sure this is one of the 1 percent of cases before getting all worried about it. No. Yes. I know. Give them our number then. Yes. Of course. No. Yes. Yes, we’ll be out on Christmas. I know. I know. Okay. Happy holidays to you too. Yes. Goodbye.”
Fuck. The vision of warm desert air and beautiful male hands lovingly massaging her shoulders is gone. She coughs, pain wracking her chest. Reality. Yuck. No wonder people take drugs.