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 is an author, poet, and comedian living in Austin, Texas. Navigate the buttons below to follow him on social media, make a donation, or purchase his collection of laugh-out-loud poetry on Amazon.