The Perfect Margarita: Introduction Part 1

It can't already be 5am can it? A quick glance at the blaring alarm clock to see it is in fact 5:01am. Kevin rolls toward the nightstand and hits the off button with disdain. A quick rub of the eyes and he puts his feet on the floor. Kevin slowly moves across the room to his bathroom and into the shower.

The hot water pelts his body as a new day begins. Kevin Shepard tries to get straight in his mind everything he needs to accomplish today as he lathers shampoo into his hair. The morning shower has always been a time for thought and decisions about the day to come.

These days the morning shower is spent considering bigger decisions than years previous. Whereas the special of the day or which purveyor to use for truffles used to be the subject at hand now it is about executive decisions. He shakes his head to get rid of negativity and reminds himself that he is still at least making decisions about food.

Kevin emerges from the shower and takes a well-deserved pit stop at the toilet. "Should have done that before showering", Kevin thinks. As he washes his hands, Kevin looks through the mirror into the face of a man much older than he feels is possible. The blue eyes still sparkle with wit and energy, but the skin around them has started to sag in a most depressing way. Years of sleep deprivation and no sunlight have not been kind to him. He thinks, not for the first time, that he knows convicted felons who get more sun than he does. After brushing his teeth and hair, it's on to the closet.

Out of the shower and dried off, a pair of tattered blue jeans find their way onto Kevin's slim hips. An undershirt and sweater follow the jeans to complete the outfit. After a quick smile and a wink in the mirror, Kevin decides he is ready to go…


Jessica said...

I really enjoyed this short.