Chapter 11:

My Decision

New Leaf!

I stood on the subway platform and waited alongside the crowd of other people. Since it was the weekend, there were more people than usual; I left earlier than when I was needed at work to account for the increased traffic.Bookmark here

As I waited, I decided to reflect on these recent events. Housing this girl… Camryn… It was truly the right decision, right? One, she is homeless and has no adults she can rely on, and two, she cannot seek help from homeless shelters or the police — the reason is currently unknown to me… I think my decision served to protect her. Although I suppose she could have been sent to an orphanage. Hm… Maybe not — if she does not want help from the police or homeless shelters, I doubt she would want help from an orphanage.Bookmark here

But why is that? What do the police, homeless shelters, and orphanages have in common? Hm… could it be that they all have the purpose of helping the less fortunate? If so, could the reason be related to her pride? Perhaps… I see. This is my current theory — Camryn does not want the help from charities as she tries to reunite with her parents. Bookmark here

But her situation is so… foolish. Pride, huh? Why is she letting that get in the way of her survival? Well, she is still young — soon, she will learn about the world of being an adult — she will learn that people should not listen to their true feelings if they want to be efficient. Yes… Feelings are meager when compared to the physical world, and they will only hinder one’s performance — that is the pinnacle of what I have been taught. Am I wrong?Bookmark here

Anyway, I should not worry for now. I will just comply with her needs and not think about her situation too much.Bookmark here

“Oh, Ren?”Bookmark here

I turned my head towards the direction of this woman’s voice.Bookmark here

“Oh, hello Bailey.”Bookmark here

She walked towards me.Bookmark here

“We don’t have work today, but you’re wearing your suit for work. Don’t you have a more diverse wardrobe?”Bookmark here

I shook my head.Bookmark here

“That is not it. I have been called back to work to do something.”Bookmark here

Beside me, Bailey lifted an eyebrow.Bookmark here

“Oh… Wait, it’s not because of Kush or any other co-worker, is it. No, if it’s another lazy bastard, head back home right now — I forbid you from accepting other people’s work!”Bookmark here

“That is not it. The boss wants me to undertake a project.”Bookmark here

“O-oh, I see…”Bookmark here

Bailey turned to face the tracks.Bookmark here

“Boss must really trust you huh? To specifically ask you to do something… wow.”Bookmark here

Bailey seemed to be deeply thinking about this fact.Bookmark here

But it did not last long because after a couple seconds, she turned, lifted her hand, and smacked the back of my head.Bookmark here

“Bailey?”Bookmark here

“That didn’t hurt, did it?”Bookmark here

“Not really.”Bookmark here

“Okay then. Don’t worry, I’m not mad. I just felt an urge to hit you.”Bookmark here

She was speaking the truth. In fact, she sometimes gets an urge to hit me, but everytime she does, she feels no hostility towards me.Bookmark here

“Y’know Ren, you should really kick back every once in a while. Like me — it’s the weekend, so I’m heading to Valerie’s. Go chill out — go relax on a beach, go visit your mom, or go visit Connie for some reason unbeknownst to me.”Bookmark here

I nodded.Bookmark here

“Thank you for the advice Bailey, but I assure you that none of this work is tiring to me.”Bookmark here

“Okay… But remember what I told you when it does.”Bookmark here

She said that in a slightly doubtful tone. Did she not believe me?Bookmark here

As we waited for our subways, she started conversations with me.Bookmark here

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