“Good evening sir Adam,” Walter interrupted his thoughts.
“Hi Walter,” Adam regards him with a nod.
“What brings you about?”
“I’m just stopping in on Sarah.”
“Is she expecting you?”
“No, actually,” Adam glances up at Walter. He knows that Walter doesn’t have to let him in without calling up to Sarah first. “She hasn’t returned my calls. I thought I would stop in on my way home and check in on her.”
Walter nods understanding, “very well sir.” Walter holds the door open wide and stands to the side for Adam to pass. As Adam walks through the doorway, Walter pats him lightly on the shoulder.
As Adam steps off the elevator, he regrets that he hasn’t brought anything with him. Like a bottle of wine or some flowers. He has come completely empty handed.
He knocks on her door and listens intently. There is no noise on the other side of the door. He hesitates before knocking a little harder. He turns his ear to the door, straining, thinking he’s heard something, but Sarah doesn’t answer.
“Sarah,” he announces through the door, “it’s Adam.”
Still nothing. Reluctantly, he turns around and shuffles back to the elevator.
“Why you so quiet today?” Brian asks.
“I’m working,” Adam answers.
“How’d it go with Sarah last night?”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean what I said.” Adam taps on his keyboard a few times hoping Brian will let it go. From the corner of his eye he can see Brian watching him, waiting for an explanation. Adam lets out a sigh. “How was dinner?” He doesn’t turn away from his computer.
“It was great.” Brian’s voice lifts up. “Amy is great.”
‘I’m sure she is,’ Adam thinks.
“So are you going to,” Brian starts but when Adam squints at his screen he decides better than to continue this conversation, “going to take a coffee break?”
“No, I’m good.”
Brian shrugs his shoulders and turns away. He has never seen Adam so distracted by a girl before. He’s never known Adam to be rejected. He tries to think of how Adam helped him those many times he was rejected. Maybe he should just leave it alone so he won’t make it worse.
Adam decides to walk home that night after work. Unsure if he should keep pursuing Sarah. He really thought they hit it off. He runs through his mind all of the times they were together. He probably moved in too quickly for her and scared her off.
“So,” Brian sayscasually as he and Adam work on securing a large stock for one of their clients, “I decided something.”
“I’ve had enough of your moping around.”
“So,” Adam huffs, “you're getting another job then?”
“No,” Brian chuckles, “I think,” Brian pounds on his keyboard and grunts, “I think you should bring Sarah some chicken soup.”
“Why would I do that?” Adam is torn between being annoyed and concerned.
“I asked Amy about her last night.”
“You to see a lot of each other,” Adam states matter-of-factly.
“We do,” Brian feels a slight pang of guilt. If it wasn’t for Adam meeting Sarah, he would not have met Amy, “Anyways, Amy says that Sarah has been sick. She hasn’t even gone to work. Apparently, that is a big deal for Sarah.”
“Huh,” Adam stops typing for a moment, “I’ll think about it.”
Brian hopes that Adam will try again with Sarah.