Walking down the street Nathan saw Ms. Johnson coming up the street with a lonely grocery bag in her arm greeting him with a giant smile.
“Well good morning Nathan,” she said stopping.
Nathan was a little pressed for time, but could spare a few minutes for Ms. Johnson. “Good morning Florida, can I give you a hand?”
“Just some vegetables I needed,” she said holding her hand up to block her mouth and whispered. “Maybe some fudge too, but you hush about that,” she laughed. “Where you off too today?”
“Just out for a walk,” he said almost guilty.
“Going to get a tea?”
“Nope,” he said a little to quickly.
“That's good,” Florida said with a hint of suspicion.
This threw Nathan off a bit. “Why would that be good?”
“She ain't working today.”
Suddenly he felt like a kid again. Sometimes it was hinted that he was guilty, but not coming right out and accusing. Nathan decided to play dumb. “What, do you mean?”
“Lily ain't working today,” she repeated.
He wasn't sure how she knew, but she did. Thinking it was best to still play dumb he continued the ruse. “That's good because I wasn't going for a tea anyway.”
“I know honey.”
“You know what?”
“I know you're not going for a tea.”
“Good, because I'm not,” he repeated.
“You're going for a walk,” she confirmed, if that's what he wanted to hear.
“Yup,” he said with a little less confidence.
“The old bump in.”
Deciding he was coming off dumber than he wanted too Nathan decided to fess up and find out what power of perception or telepathy this mere mortal had. “How did you know?”
“Oh please, I was in the coffee shop last Tuesday when Martin told you that Lily wasn't there. I knew you had a little crush on her by how disappointed you looked. Then, he told you every Tuesday and Thursday she works half days and goes for her walks. And, today is Tuesday.”
“Nice deduction, maybe I really wanted a tea,” he challenged.
“Honey there are lots of things people can live without, love is not one of them.”
“A bit presumptuous,” Nathan said thinking she may be getting a little ahead of the game.
“I was also there Wednesday and Thursday and Friday. I was there Saturday, Sunday and even though she had Monday off, you popped in just in case.” She began to laugh. “I saw how you looked at her when she wasn't looking. That's a little more than a crush. Besides, this fine women in front of you was the victim of a bump in.”
“And how did that go?”
“Thirty seven years of wonderful marriage,” Florida admitted.
He smiled then remembered. “I thought you said you were married for forty five years.”
“I was. Thirty seven of them were wonderful,” she chuckled. “Now go on or you're going to miss her.”
“Have a wonderful day Florida,” Nathan yelled already jogging down the sidewalk.
“Good luck sweetie.”
Waving back at her he crossed the street and out of sight. Ducking down an alley and checking to make sure no one was looking Nathan bent his knees then shot straight up the side of the building. Grabbing onto the railing as he came to them he used the...