Even before he opened the apartment door, Topping could smell the pizza that Charlotte was baking. He entered, took off his shoes and brought his lunchbox into the kitchen and placed it on the counter.
“Hi Honey,” Charlotte said while making salad.
Topping walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist and buried his face into her long brown hair. He moved his hands feeling the smoothness of her stomach and then placed them gently on her breasts. He kissed Charlotte on the neck.
“Okay, Tiger,” Charlotte said with a smile. “I’m saving that for dessert.”
Topping hugged Charlotte while she finished making the salad.
“Could you check on the pizza?” Charlotte asked as the timer bell rang.
Topping reluctantly pulled his arms from around her and turned to open the oven door. The heat rolled out onto his face and his skin hurt for a moment. The pizza was done. Topping grabbed an oven mitt that resembled a chicken. He closed the beak around the pizza tray and pulled it out of the heat. Charlotte buys frozen cheese pizzas and then adds her own toppings. This makes her feel like a chef. Tonight she decorated the large disk of cheese with some pepperoni, black olives and green pepper slices.
Topping and Charlotte’s apartment is always hot beyond their control. Though it is only twenty degrees Fahrenheit outside, Charlotte is wearing a simple summer print dress with spaghetti straps. She places the salads on a small card table next to glasses of ice water. Topping admires her bare legs and arms, her neck and clavicle bones. He dishes out slices of pizza on a couple of chipped plates and brings them over to Charlotte who is sitting on a folding chair.
Someone to Call Home is a very short story that introduces Topping and Charlotte, a young couple who live together. Topping comes home from working at his Uncle Cy's car painting shop to find Charlotte cooking dinner. He has some bad news to tell her. He takes his time, waiting for the right moment.
At it's heart, Someone To Call Home is about finding your place of peace in your partner. If you can find peace in each other, any crisis can be handled. But it is not easy for a young couple. Fortunately, these two are an exceptional couple.
Someone to Call Home will be published on December 14, 2012 at www.bookofbartholomew.com.