July in the city is usually a time when...
"On the Morrow"
July in the city is usually a time when you truly notice that there are a few corners that smell of cat vomit.
Unfortunately, my office is located on that corner.
The extreme heat does nothing for the massive stench that permeates the city air. Instead, it only amplifies the overwhelming urine smell that wafts through the open window behind my desk. My private eye firm doesn't rake in enough money for me to afford air conditioning, so instead, I'm left with an open window and the desperate attempts of a twenty-year old oscillating fan that's so far beyond its last legs that whenever I turned it on, it made this awful whirring-clanking-shattering noise. I was tempted to just let it stay off, despite the fact that it was easily triple digits outside with 500% humidity. I felt constantly strangled by the sticky heat and the frizz of my hair and the piles of paperwork that weren't getting any smaller, no matter how many all-nighters I pulled in my closet-sized office.
I climbed out onto the fire escape with a mug of coffee that was easily three hours old, yet no colder than when I first poured it. The air outside was still hot, but less suffocating. It was time for a vacation. Actually, it was time for a vacation almost six months ago, when I had a week of downtime between cases. I sipped at my coffee. I was my own boss -- vacation time was neither here nor there. If you wanted something done, and done right, you had to do it yourself.
The phone rang inside my office, and I clambered back through the window to answer it. Any business is good business, I say.
"Hello?" I answered, trying not to sound breathless. "Yeah, this is Felicia Morrow.... Yes, I'm available.... I'll be there in ten minutes." I hung up and grabbed my leather jacket (I needed to keep up appearances) before heading out the door.
nt - 7/09/10
Notes: Partially inspired by The Dresden Files, and the trailer for The Sorcerer's Apprentice which I feel like is the closest thing to a Dresden Files movie that I'm ever going to get. Maybe I'll do something with Felicia in the future....
*Prompt taken from The Write Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer