i left work early, complaining of a stomach ache. near my apartment, i turned and took a sidestreet that i normally don't go down. empty stoops sagged silently on either side of me, and soaked yellow flowers covered the sidewalk. it started misting. in the distance, i could hear the sound of a piano.

i passed by an ancient honda civic. a red hatchback with aluminum trim. in the back was a beautiful black leather jacket. the leather looked thin and soft. it was laid out across the seat like it was waiting to be put on.

i stopped and looked up and down the street.

"But anyone could take this," i thought, as my bangs slowly fell into my eyes.

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