So, I’m still chugging along at the novel. i know I haven’t put anything up for a bit, but I’m getting to the point where my directionlessness is a drag. Yes, I’m beginning to have a better sense of general plot and structure, and the overarching themes have been in place for some time. But am I really moving forward? Who knows.
Being around a sicko is like having a small, portable iron lung strapped to your chest. I know from extensive experience with roommates, boyfriends, and family. The real problem with lingering in illness is not spreading the disease, or being unable to do certain things. You get bored. In particular, if you’re not the sick one, you get really frustrated with the lack of activity until it feels like a great weight or a constant diminished lung capacity. It’s like climbing in the Himalayas without the euphoria of lightheadedness.
“I hate feeling this way,” Becky wheezes from my couch. of course, trying to speak at all sets her off into another fit of coughing.
‘And I hate hearing about it,’ I think. But, of course, it’s not her fault. “You’ve got to just sleep and get yourself well. And once this round is done, you’re immedately getting your flu shot.”
“I know, I know. I just hate being bed-bound so long. I’ve got to get out and DO something.”
“You’re going to Linda’s game night tomorrow, right?”
“Ugh.” She flops back onto the couch. “And Jeff will be there. Just what I need.”
“Well, maybe all your germs will keep him at bay.” She just rolled her eyes at me.
Of course, this would be the night that all of us discovered Jeff was Dating Someone. Her name was Lindy. In polite company, I could call her opinionated and strong-minded. The less delicate of us saw things somewhat differently.
“What’s he doing with her?” Linda hissed to me after they’d moved on into the kitchen.
I shrugged. “Evidently he’s decided he has to settle for bitter, since the nicer ones have proved unobtainable. She seems to be reasonably intelligent.”
Linda winced. We both looked over slowly to where Becky was hacking in a corner. She seemed to be taking it well. Of course, it was difficult to tell with her already red nose and partially closed eyes.
“Why did Becky even come out tonight? She’s obviously still wretched.”
“Stir crazy. When your only company for a week is me, even a girl like Lindy starts to look good.”