Wednesday, March 4, 2015
"Tink" Tink" "Tink"
The glow of the computer illuminates his face as he takes the first sip of his morning coffee. Tom savors the hot liquid as he types in the computer’s password. Tired from a restless night’s sleep, he’s thankful for the two-hour work delay. Icy road conditions were to blame for the delay but there it is 32˚ and drizzling, no icy roads as far as he can see. The computer blinks to life, Tom scrolls through his usual morning routine.
He looks up from the computer and glances around the room, Emery hearing the noise follows suit.
“TINK, TINK, TINK” The metallic sound, is an all too familiar sound in this long and exhausting winter. His eyes move to the ceiling and he sees the culprit. A fresh leak that developed yesterday, a blister on the living room ceiling, is back in action. The ugly mark that looked like an upside down ice cream scoop yesterday is now a creamy yellowish white bull’s-eye with an already rusting drywall screw in the middle.
Again “TINK, TINK,” at this Emery lets out a series of loud sharp barks.
“Thanks, E!” Tom runs his hand over his face paying careful attention to his brow and eyes, before his hand slides across his ear and neck, an automatic stress response. He curses the roof, the contractor, and the long unending winter.
He curses the curses he is sure will come when Dana discovers the fresh round of leakage. One more long sip of coffee and closes the lid of the laptop and watches the little apple go dark. He let's out a long slow sigh. Emery is already over investigating the new drip. Sniffing the sauce pan that has become a constant decoration in their living room.
Glancing in the dogs direction,“Well E, back to the roof,” he says. “Good thing I have some time this morning.” Emery shifts her head to one side, all she knows or cares is they’re going outside.