A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 041, Saturday
February 10th, 2018
Chapter Six: De Ja Vu
She thought that it was funny.
In all of the years that she had known him, Kathy had never been to Jim’s home.
She thought she knew the reasons. She thought it was because she was always under observation. Jim was aware of that, she knew, and because of that he did not want to draw attention to himself, to their friendship, she believed.
Kathy did not want the people who watched her asking questions about him. She wanted this relationship to be something entirely under her control, and that is why Jim never came to see her where she lived. If he had ever visited her apartment she believed that he would be taken and interviewed by her handlers, and that it might be the last time she ever saw him.
She had always felt that the two of them could have come up with a plan to meet in different places. To travel together if they had wanted, to slip the watchers and be somewhere that they were truly alone.
Jim had eschewed such notions.
Kathy accepted without argument.
She had wanted to see the place where he lived, but unless he was willing, she would not push the issue.
He was an intensely private person, that much was clear.
To her knowledge he had never moved, he had never mentioned it at least.
His apartment was exactly as she had visualized it, scant, bare, Spartan.
He was like an early twentieth century minimalist.
Even though it was what she was expecting, she was nevertheless, shocked by it.
He was an aesthetic.
It was extreme.
It made her uncomfortable.
Everybody needs a little something of color and comfort in their life.
This place where Jim lived was all white, black and gray, cold and metallic.
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