The Fifteen Minute Novel: Day 32

The Fifteen Minute Novel is a novel written fifteen minutes at a time with each week day’s section starting with the sentence from the previous day. At least it is attempting to be a novel. For now I am just aiming at one continuous story, worked on for fifteen minutes each day. Started Friday January 1st, 2021 (in case you want to search for the beginning. I can’t wait to see where it ends up. It could be good, or it could be a mess. We’ll have to see. For now, here is today’s fifteen minutes.

Day 32: He decided that once he arrived back at the apartment, he would unload his trunk and then take the Studebaker for a stroll around town seeing the things that didn’t make Carson’s points of interest list.

He decided that once he arrived back at the apartment, he would unload his trunk and then take the Studebaker for a stroll around town seeing the things that didn’t make Carson’s points of interest list. ‘It would be nice to know my way around town at least a little bit,’ James thought. 

He pulled into his parking lot and parked in a spot nearest the stairwell.  With the car parked he moved to the trunk and opened it.  Many of the bags, fit inside the trash can he bought, so he filled the bin with his bags and set it down on the ground.  He relocked the trunk with his remaining purchases and took the loaded bin up the stairs.   He opened his apartment door, placed the bin inside and turned around.  Since no one was in sight and he could see his apartment door from the car, James left his apartment door open and went back down stairs.  It took too more trips but he got everything upstairs and left his car locked as he entered his apartment with the final bag.

Most everything he decided to leave where it was, using the evening to unpack further and settle in.  A few things needed to be placed in the refrigerator.  These he dug out, added to the fridge and then left the apartment.  James returned to the car and once belted in with the engine running, he again left the parking lot. 

The car dealership was to the right so he decided to turn left.  James turned onto the street, glad there was no traffic at this time.  While a part of him was glad that his apartment was out of the way so that he could ease into the life of James Ferris and have fewer witnesses to any initial hiccups, the fact that he saw no one around the building made it feel like he had been dumped on the far side of the moon.  James drove straight down the road.  He saw an old der bowling alley that had a sign offering sign ups for seniors bowling leagues and Friday night laser bowl.

There were small office buildings and many more apartment buildings.  There were scatterings of cars in their lots but most of them had few occupants.  Here and there he saw a person moving about so he knew they weren’t abandoned.  James came to a stop at a reds light and tried to remember what day it was.  He lost track in his time being moved about like a parcel but he thought it might be a Wednesday.

“And just past mid-day,” he realized.  “No wonder no one is around, they are all at work.” It was comforting to have a reason why there were few people around and when the light turned green, James rolled forward.  James took turns randomly, more to get a feel for the lay outs of the streets than anything else.  He found that the area of town he was located in was more or less laid out in a grid pattern.  Streets running north and south were numbered, streets running east and west had names.

“So I’ll at least know what direction I’m facing,” he said.  By venturing further out to the east and west, James found actual neighborhoods with houses.  Those to the east were older,  smaller and a bit more run down.  Those to the west grew progressively larger and newer the further west he drove.  It let him put his apartment building into perspective. He suspected the shopping districts to the west would also be more affluent. 

‘So if I want an expensive bottle of wine I know which direction to go,’ he thought.  He turned his car and instead of pushing further west, James drove back towards the center of town.   Having looked both east and west, he decided to see how far south the town went before he reached its limits.

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