Someone was knocking on the door. That’s rare. I was the only person home. Maybe it was my roommate. She sometimes forgets her keys.
I checked the peephole, but it was too bright for me to recognize the person outside.
I opened the door and saw a young man surrounded by bright sunlight.
“Hi,” Ojitos greeted me.
I blinked, trying to let my eyes adjust to the sunlight. I’d kept it dark in my apartment to keep it cool.
“Your hair looks different. You got a haircut,” I responded.
“Yeah,” he said and ran his hand through his now-shorter hair.
He read my confused expression and began to explain why he’d just surprised me unannounced.
“I was in the neighborhood, on my way to work… I wanted to talk to you… I couldn’t call*… I missed you… Are you going somewhere?”
“I was about to leave.”
“Oh, I can go…”
“No, no. I can catch a later movie. Come in.”
I like surprises.
*The day before, I was feeling pretty annoyed with Ojitos. It was Sunday. He hadn’t called nor returned my last cheesy question via text message. Only one day had passed, not long, but I hate not getting a call (or text message or email) back within a reasonable amount of time. A day is not reasonable. Later that day, he emailed me to let me know he couldn’t call because he had been tossed in a swimming pool. His phone was ruined. Of course he had a good excuse.