by Tom Lichtenberg
Copyright 1998 by Tom Lichtenberg
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After midnight there is no one on these streets, except the occasional cops who sit in their cars and wait for fools like me who think they can make it home before they fall asleep. I didn't even want to be out there. I should have been dreaming already, all nice and curled up besides my girlfriend with her cat on my head and my hand on her hip. Instead we had one of those fights. I don't even know what the fight was about - I never really do - unless it was just for the sake of it, so we could be mad at each other for a couple of days and then have really good make-up sex on Wednesday. Maybe that's what it was about. Whatever.
The last thing I remember is her saying 'It doesn't matter what you say, you're still an asshole!', and me jumping up off the bed and grabbing my jacket and heading for the door.
Damn, I only remembered when I started the car and was already on the road that I'd left my overnight bag back there. I hoped there wasn't anything in it that I didn't want her to see.
Sometimes you have to keep things back for their own good - they'd get the wrong idea, and wouldn't understand, and it would only lead to trouble that you don't need. I was pretty sure there was nothing in the bag, but with her you never know what might set her off, especially in the frame of mind she was in that night. Oh, I remembered about the fight, of course. It was about those friends of hers, the ones we really don't like but have to go and have dinner with every now and then - Franklin and Jeannie.