10 Jobs: #9

9. Architect

Kathy sips her coffee as Jake stutters, “S-So I was thinking…that maybe we could…get a place.”

Always cool (which is why Jake loves her), Kathy raises that perfect eyebrow. “As in together?”

“You know that’s what I mean. Jesus, Kath, break my balls.” Jake’s never done this sort of serious planning before and she’s not making it easy.

“It’s always fun watching you sweat.” Kathy smiles, lips closed, for fear of showing the one crooked tooth she hates. “But,” she continues. “I think we should do it. I’d really like someone to share the rent with.”

Kathy laughs, seeing Jake’s mortified face. She reaches over to squeeze his arm. “I’m kidding! You know I’m your girl.”

Jake begins to breathe easier. He loops his thumbs through his belt loops like John Wayne. “You got that right, little lady…” Then Kathy brushes her hair away from her face and Jake realizes something he’s been in denial about for a couple of years. She’s not blonde and Jake couldn’t care less.

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    March 23, 2010 at 8:30 am

    It just dawned on me ! All of these little vignettes are a run on story about JAKE !!! He’s growing on me. Mommy xx <3

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    March 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Ok, I like the “perfect eyebrow” thing and all, but a snagletooth? If you’re going to use my name, let’s not get too ugly now. :)

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