Have you ever woken up and felt like you like could conquer the world? Have you had one of those feelings when you got out of bed that today would be your day? Like nothing could go wrong?
Have you ever had that feeling and been proven terrible wrong?
Collin woke up before his alarm clock. He opened his eyes and his head was turned toward the window. His ears tuned into the birds chirping in the tree just outside. He saw one of the birds eating something on a branch and smiled. The sun was already streaming in and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day.
His alarm went off.
Collin grabbed his phone to turn it off, and checked his weather app. High temperature of 69. Mostly sunny. What more could he ask for? He started to put his phone down, when he felt it vibrate. He looked at it again, and saw a text message from Marie.
“Hey! Really looking forward to later. 6:30, right? <3” it said.
Collin grinned and replied, “No, I’m sorry. Going to have to make it 6:31. :P”
He put his phone back on the nightstand and stretched out with a satisfying yawn. He turned and put his feet onto the floor. His cat came over and greeted him by rubbing against his legs. He reached down and petted the cat who responded with a purr and meow combination. He got up and hopped in the shower to get ready for the day.
After the shower, he got dressed and ready to leave. He grabbed his wallet and keys off of the nightstand. He forgot his phone.
He went to the kitchen to have a quick breakfast. He popped a bagel in the toaster and made himself a latte.
As his attention was turned to the latte, he did not realize the bagel had not popped up. About half way through steaming the milk, his nose caught the distinct smell of burning bread. He dropped the milk pitcher which splashed all over the counter and ran to the toaster. There were a couple of small flames coming out of the top, but nothing bad. He reached around the back and unplugged the machine. Then he reached in the cupboard and pulled out some baking soda. He dumped some onto the fire which extinguished it right away.
But now the toaster was a smoldering mess of baking powder and charred black bagel. There was milk running from his counter to the floor, and he was short on time. He was hungry, and needed his coffee, but wouldn’t have time for either. He cleaned up the mess and rushed out of the door.
Despite the breakfast incident, he wasn’t too concerned. He was still in a great mood. He thought he could just grab a coffee and pastry from the cart in his office building instead. They had the really good lemon poppy muffins anyway. He smiled and took a deep breath of the Spring air. And then he felt the splatter on his head and face.
A white trail of bird dropping had landed square on his head and ran down his face as he was breathing in. He choked for a second and turned and ran back into the house to clean up. He would definitely be late for work now.
He washed the bird droppings off and reached for his phone. It wasn’t in his pocket. He ran into the bedroom and checked the nightstand. It was there. He thought that maybe all that happened because he had forgotten his phone. He laughed as if it was somehow fortuitous and called his boss.
“Hi, I’m going to be a few minutes late because a bird shit on me as I was leaving the house.”
The reply was hysterical laughter followed by, “Okay Collin, get your ass in here as soon as you can though, because Robinson’s in town.”
“Yes sir,” Collin said, embarrassed.
Robinson was the company’s biggest client who Collin had personally landed for the company. It was quite the coup. He had sold him on the company and had become the prime person that he wanted to work with. He knew he had to hurry and get to work.
He ran out to his car, and drove to work. He left the house unlocked in the hurry.
He made it to work in a just a few minutes. He thought he was lucky he didn’t get a speeding ticket. He got to work, grabbed a coffee and muffin from the cart, and went up to his floor. He wasn’t that late at all, and was quite pleased. He met with Robinson and did fine. He got his work done and had a great work day.
Meanwhile, his house was being robbed, and all of his stuff with the exception of his toaster was being loaded into a fake moving truck.
At about 6, he left the office and drove to meet Marie. He got there at about 20 after and she was there. She came to him and they kissed without a word. He knew today would be great. They saw a movie, and then had dinner.
The date was going so well, he asked her if she wanted to come back to his place. She agreed and he drove them to his house.
When he pulled up, he noticed the doors were open. He panicked and told her to wait in the car. He got out and ran inside to see all of his stuff was gone. He was really upset, but began to calm down by telling himself he was insured and at least nobody was hurt.
He went to the car and told Marie he was robbed. Marie consoled him as he waited for the police. She kissed him and kept him company. He started to think as he waited with her and looked into her eyes that maybe it wasn’t such a horrible day after all.
Then the meteor hit.