Here’s a small story that I wrote very recently. A short story, naturally, coming in installments. I don’t have a title for it yet but yeah.
His day starts in the shower. Not the moment he opens his sleep-encrusted eyelids. Not the moment he sits up in his white bed and certainly not when the warm morning sunlight rays filter through the UV cut windows to rest on the bed.
Not the moment he slips his feet into his warm slippers and not when he makes his way slowly to the bathroom down the hall.
Only when the showerhead spits its hard jets of central, chemically purified water does the day start. Skylight open, the white walls reflecting the morning nicely, Transparent Emmett Parker starts his day invariably by showering. To most of us, this moment gets lost in our hurry to catch the school bus, the 8:00 am Tube or a taxi in the rain.
During his 20-year life Transparent Emmett Parker has experimented with various Start Of Days.
He once Started his day to the sound of his mother flipping pancakes. But he found that she didn’t always make pancakes and that his mother wouldn’t always be there to flip pancakes. So he moved one.
He once experimented with Starting his day to the sound of his father evicting his Companions of The Night. But after a brief while he found that his father sometimes came home with no Night Companion or that his father sometimes Stayed In Late so he ditched that experiment.
As a child of divorce then Transparent Emmett Parker has never had much he could call constant in his life except for morning showers.
So it seemed like a good idea to him to start his day by showering.
He steps under the showerhead, turns on the taps and stands under the jets of water for two minutes. Then he turns the water off and shampoos his head. Two minutes with Mr. Everclear’s All Natural Aloe Shampoo does the trick. He then washes it all off and stands under the shower again for two minutes. He then uses Mr. Everclear’s All Natural Aloe Bodywash to scrub off all the germs and dirt and sweat accumulated during the previous night. Two minutes and he’s back under the shower, washing it off. Thus, Transparent Emmett Parker showers completely in ten minutes.
Then, he moves to the sink and washes his mouth out with Mr. Everclear’s All Natural Mint mouthwash three times.
Once upon a time he used to brush his teeth after showering but this, Transparent Emmett Parker found, left a sour aftertaste following his breakfast. Searching for an alternative, he came upon Mr. Everclear.
Sufficiently cleaned and freshened up, Transparent Emmett Parker moves back to his bedroom and picks out a suitable outfit for the day. Depending on the weather and thus, his feelings, his choice changes. Todays is a bright, sunny summer days so he chooses something light and breezy; a light and breezy shirt the color of the sky (cotton), a light, breezy pair of pants (cotton blend) and a light and breezy pair of loafers (denim, rubber-soled).
Attired satisfactorily, Transparent Emmett Parker goes to the kitchenette to fix himself a bowl of muesli in soy-milk and a glass of healthy nettle juice. He then brushes his teeth, picks a light and breezy sunhat (straw) from the hat-and-coat stand by the front door and goes out, his iPhone’s playlist fixed in his ears.