We were sitting on the couch watching TV, nothing special. I had had a hard day: the usual work day followed by a couple of hours of classes. Plus, I got lost in traffic today thanks to a detour. I was tired and wanted nothing more than to go to sleep.
I was about ready to nod off when I heard Jessica say something.
"When we were high school, do you remember that girl?"
"You know, that girl, the one everyone wanted to be. Rebecca Lawless."
I vaguely remembered Rebecca. She was pretty. All the guys liked her. She was also smart and ambitious.
"What about Rebecca?"
"I ran into her today when I was running errands. She wasn't what I expected."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, I mean she had some disease of some kind, she said, and she looked like she'd been sick awhile. Plus, not only that but she's been unemployed for like a year or something. She gave me a job lead, though."
I finally lifted my head up from the back of the couch. "If she's unemployed, why is she passing on the job lead to you."
"Because she was doing some executive management position and was overqualified for it but it fits me just fine so I think I'm going to do it. It has something to do with merchandising at a department store."
"Well, that does sound like Rebecca, executive management."
I laid my head back down and Jessica was quiet. Then just as I was again about to nod off she said something.
"You're the adult version of that girl, Fran?"
Again I lifted my head. "How am I that girl?"
"Because you have a boyfriend who loves you, you look put together, you have a job that's halfway decent and you're going to school to be something you want to be. Plus, you're smart."
"You could go back to school, too. It took me a while to decide to do it but I'm happy I did."
She shook her head. "How could I afford it?"
"I don't know. There must be some way. We can discuss it in the morning."
She nodded and I laid my head down. I was that girl.