Part 1: Miss Lita
Lita exits the store as chimes from the bell on the door are quickly drowned by city blocks. It is funny how places capture the sounds and become part of the structures from where they sprout.
The movement in this urban enclave is almost unparalleled by other scenes, and millions of people love the confinement of this relative small territory. Car horns and the drum of footsteps are melodic to its inhabitants as they dance through the streets as if parts of a choreographed musical.
Lita visits the neighborhood bodega once a week. It is routine. The store is always guarded by a glaring of cats led by a large short hair; she takes time to admire their vigilance in protecting the building from the abundance of rats that make the city home. Most customers simply ignore the cats as if they were cheap knickknacks resting on book ends. The curiously ignorant sheepishly inquire about their presence but are quickly rebuffed with muffled laughter. The furry beast have an alliance, an unwritten treaty, to rid the space of rats for a haven from the man-made jungle.
Like any other Saturday in May when the sky is unobstructed by clouds, the walk from the bodega to Lita’s brownstone apartment is pleasant and somewhat uneventful. She strolls with what seems to be measured steps. It could be that the years have necessitated her carefulness. Having to be sedentary at her age due to a fractured hip, twisted ankle, or pulled muscle would lead to other complications.
City dwellers move around her with ease. It looks like the zombies in that Brad Pitt movie, World War Z, running around that sick kid who decided to just give up. Little did he know his illness would save him and the zombies flowed about.
“Afternoon Ma’am. Would you like a paper?”
To read full short story go to www.detrickhughes.com in January 3, 2017.
Detrick Hughes is an American Poet/Author, Adjunct Professor, and Businessman. He was born and raised in Texas. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a graduate degree from Ashland University. He has five collections of poetry and two spoken word CDs. Detrick’s current release Goats Do Roman Villages is available now.