Shortly after buying a piano from his neighbor in the unit below, David Emami had an admirer. Bette, a woman nearing her 70s, had lost her husband five years prior, and all of a sudden, she had her eyes set on David.
David was also a bachelor, so she saw no harm in dropping some serious hints that she was interested. David, however, was not interested.
David heard a knock at the door. His eyes rolled. How dare someone interrupt The Lawrence Welk Show while he and Fred watched with wonder in their eyes. To David, it was almost like interrupting a church service; almost sacrilegious.
Fred jumped off the couch and hid underneath a table. She loathed an unexpected visit almost as much as David did.
David approached the door, looked through the peephole, and let out an audible moan. He opened the door to find Bette standing there in what was probably her nicest cat sweater.
It was clear that Bette was struggling to make a connection. “Well, I was wondering if you wanted to join me downstairs. I just made some tuna casserole and it’s just too much for a bachelorette like myself.”
David made a disgusted face. “Tuna casserole? That sounds awful! I ate tuna once in my life and it was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. Count me out!”
That wasn’t exactly the response Bette had anticipated.
“Oh, okay,” she replied, disappointed.
Fred walked to the door and hissed at Bette. “Well, if that’s all, then goodbye,” said David as he closed the door in her face.
“What a character, that Bette!” David went into his kitchen and heated up a salisbury steak Hungry Man meal. He had all that he needed right there in his apartment.
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
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