an itch to be scratched

Josh looked at the empty flat. Everything in boxes that he owned were piled like tall buildings in the livingroom. They'd left the bed behind. He'd really miss the queen sized one back at the flat. It was rather comfy, but he supposed he could live with the regular sized one. As it was, it didn't take up as much space. And he'd be sleeping alone. So alone.

They'd left the old furniture that came with the place. There was a couch and a small table in the eat in kitchen. Suddenly, he thought of Simon and he remembered how he kept the kitchen so clean. He couldn't have a spill anywhere. Everything in its place.

Well, he didn't care if it was in its place. This was his flat now and maybe it should be different. It was a thought. It didn't last long. He walked to each room in silence and yet he could hear his echo through the place. It was haunting. He hated this. Why had he done this? It felt as if someone had taken his heart out and pierced it somehow. Josh thought he might cry, but he wouldn't let himself. It was his doing, wasn't it? He was the one who'd had the falling out with Simon. He'd just have to get used to it.

Just then someone tapped on his open door. He looked up to see Ste standing in his door way.

"So its you?" He grinned.

"Yes." Josh winced wondering what that meant.

"Don't I know you?" Ste kept smiling.

"Yes. I suppose you do." He started to tell him they were never friends.

"Football!" He was grinning all over as if some sudden memory had burst into his brain with happiness. "Footballer. You do play, don't you?"

"Not for a while," Josh shook his head.

"Damn, I know you're good. You were good." Ste nodded.

"I was all right."

"Then you'd be all right to kick it around, would you? Still daylight, you know." Ste had his soccer ball out in the hall.

Josh wanted to tell him he was busy. There were loads of things to do. Work tomorrow. It was endless. But as he looked into Ste's eyes, he could really see what a simpleton he'd become. Hadn't he?

"Why not." Josh shrugged.

"Oh, goodie." Ste made it sound the most fantastic thing he'd heard in a very long time.


dapper kid said...

I'm sure he'll get settled in quickly enough :)

cass and cady said...

oh...my josh and ste..who would have thunk it????

ivy's closet said...

is this going to be a good thing?

Cait said...

I am wondering how this will work out for Josh...to have Ste around.

e.l. said...

A ste moment, aye...