"Days With You"
H. Chang had shuffled back and forth between stovetop and deep fryer and freezer in the kitchen of the Pensive Dragon Palace everyday for nearly twenty years.
His wife had left him and come back five times during the first five years the Pensive Dragon was open. After the sixth time, she hadn’t returned.
Still, H. Chang walked the walk in his kitchen. He never missed a day, never opened late, closed early.
His wife had called in the morning, telling him she was back home.
“I miss my days with you,” she said.
A crowd stood outside the restaurant at 4:30 when she arrived.
The Pensive Dragon Palace was closed.
Story title from Jason Webley’s and Sxip Shirey's collaborative album Days With You, 2009
Tales From the Tomato Patch #3: Days With You by Christian Berntsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.