Where are you Erik?

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“Um, excuse me are you Jim?”

“Yes. Hi. You must be Emma. Please sit down. Earl Gray right?”

“Yes thank you. It is great to meet you. So, how do you know Erik?”

“It’s a bit of a long story. Longer than a cup of coffee story anyway.”

“Oh I’m sorry I didn’t mean to pry it’s just Erik didn’t tell me much about you.”

“No really its fine. So tell me what you know about me and I’ll fill in the rest.”

“Nothing much really. Just the basic blind date set up stuff from Erik. ‘You’ll love Jim! He’s smart, funny, handsome.’ All that. And so far ‘handsome’ he got right.”

“Thanks. How do you know Erik? Not to change the subject.”

“He’s my brother actually. He also works on the floor above mine; so we get to see each other all the time. It’s great. See that wasn’t so bad was it? You can’t just tell me your short version of how you two met?”

“Alright. Seems fair. Through work; very recently actually. Do you know what I do?”

“No Erik never told me. Why? Is it something scandalous?”

“No, no. I couldn’t be so lucky. I, well to sum it up into one word I am a ‘transitionalist’.”

“I have to say I’ve never heard of that. So… What does a ‘transitionalist’ do exactly?”

“It is actually pretty simple. I facilitate change.”

“Facilitate change. That does not sound simple nor does it give me any idea of what you do.”

“Ok. Your tea for example.”

“My tea.”

“Yes. It was once leafy greens and oranges who were dried and then brewed into what you see before you.”

“Alright. I wonder where Erik is. He said he would meet us here.”

“How long has Erik been working on the floor above yours?”

“About seven and a half months I think. I’ll have to ask him. It is great having him around. He’s just been a great support.”

“Why did something happen?”

“Not really date talk but my brother and I were in a car accident. I broke my arm.”

“Can I ask you a strange question? How did Erik ask you to meet me here? It was a note right?”

“Yes, how did you know?”

“I have something to tell you. Your mother wrote the note setting up this meeting so I could talk to you.”

“Talk to me why? No Erik set this up. He’ll be here in just a minute to tell you.”

“I’m here to talk to you about your brother Erik, Emma. You mother feels like you need help.”

“Help with what? I thought this was a date.”

“Emma, your brother Erik died in that car crash seven and a half months ago.”

Created: Aug 17, 2012

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