The Mermaid Experience – Chapter 4

March 15

Allen called Katherine as soon as he got home from work.

“Hello?”

“Hi honey. How did the interview go?”

“Really well, I think. The president of the company gave me a tour.”

“That’s definitely a good sign. What was he like?”

“Her name is Audra Burns, and she seemed quite passionate about both her company and the new Gulf Aquarium. Did you know that she is paying for it with her own money?”

“No. Want to come to my place for dinner tonight?”

“Sounds good. What are you making?”

“I thought I would cook some spaghetti.”

“Mmm, that sounds yummy. I’ll be over in a few minutes.”

“OK, see you then. I love you.”

“I love you too. Goodbye.”

Allen changed out of his work clothes into some shorts and a t-shirt, then started browning hamburger and boiling water for noodles. He was poking around in the fridge to see what kind of vegetables he had when Katherine knocked on the door. After a pleasant kiss hello, she came into Allen’s kitchen to help with the cooking.

“How was work for you today?” She asked.

“Good. They’ve put me on the Hippocamp project.”

“What’s the Hippocamp project?”

“It’s an all-electric submarine designed for scientific and industrial use. It will have those really bright lights I was investigating as well as several different manipulator arms. The design is already done, but there are still several auxiliary systems to finish, so I’ll be working on the lights and a couple of the manipulators.”

They continued chatting while they cooked, bumping into each other frequently in the tiny kitchen. Not that either of them minded the contact. They ate their spaghetti and then sat on the couch and watched a movie together. It still felt kind of strange not to have any homework assignments to worry about. After the movie, Allen walked Katherine home. Allen wished her luck on her job search and then returned to his own, very empty and lonely apartment.

Link to chapter 5

Link to aquarium illustration

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