What can YOU say in six sentences?
He chooses the darkest place he can find because it’s hot outside and because his journal is black, his pen’s ink is black, and his mood’s a perfect match.
Inside, even though the waitress has a crush on him and the pop star in the overhead speakers declares her unquenchable desire, he can’t seem to focus on anything except the screams still ringing in his ears and the likelihood of further screaming and nightmarish raving despite the ever-increasing administration of sedatives and anti-psychotics.
Back at the office, his colleagues are having a festive little pot-luck group birthday party and counting down the days until their clients head out for summer camp, freeing them up for even longer lunches, even more festive parties.
Most of them have problem clients too, but all of them duck into their offices and close their doors when they see his screamer in the lobby.
He wishes he could do the same; wishes he didn’t cringe every time his phone rang or his beeper buzzed.
Even when he steps outside into the sunlight there’s still plenty of darkness to go around.