Ride # 874

A boy needed a ride home today
so he ordered me on his phone
you're supposed to be an adult to ride
but it's hard to look at a kid and say
no
I can't take you where you need to go today
so he stumbled in
told me he just got a haircut
and had his ears pierced
we talked about cars
his dad has a Volkswagen
he asked me if I believed in spirits
and I told him not so much
he said he did
asked me if I wanted to know why

I said okay
he told me he believed in spirits
because his sister was taken over by one
she died last year
he said

I went to turn
and he ushered me to go straight
into the neighborhood
then take a left
said the other way would take us an extra fifteen minutes

his way was shorter
but only by a moment
ten or twenty seconds maybe

he held a bag of chips in his hand
left me a tip of five dollars
said he wished he had more

I don't know if the money was his
but I didn't want it.
Jason Brendel
Jason Brendel

Jason Brendel is an author, poet, and comedian from Northern California. Navigate the buttons below to follow him on social media or purchase his collection of laugh-out-loud poetry on Amazon.

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