“You are standing in a doorway,” Anna said after I finally swallowed the last of my fortune cookie.
“No, I’m not. I’m sitting at a table.”
“Hush. You’re standing in a doorway between your past and your future. You must decide.”
“What the hell kind of fortune is that?Not a change will bring you happiness or anything you can add ‘in bed’ to to make it make sense.” I shook my head. “Eat your cookie. What’s your fortune say?”
She broke open the cookie and handed me that little strip of paper. Wordlessly, she stuffed half the cookie into her mouth and started chewing.
I turned her fortune over in confusion more than once—there were no words, just lucky numbers on both sides.
“Hey, what’s mine?” she asked around a mouthful of cookie. I shook my head, she knew the rule: no fortune’s until the cookie is gone.
“I think we both got cheated on our fortunes tonight. Eat your cookie.”
“What is there to decide with anyway—that’s so dumb, of course I have to go to the future. Future comes whether I want it to or not.”
“So what’s my fortune.”
“You don’t have one. It just says your lucky numbers are 17, 23, 4, 99 and
- ” I turn over the paper ” - Your lucky numbers are 53, 9, 71, 13, and 3.”
“You have two sets of lucky numbers. No fortune for you.”
“All right soup nazi, well lame fortune for you. How do you like that, huh?”
“How you doin’?” I said in my deepest voice imitating Joey from Friends. We both started laughing.
“Come on,let’s get out of here. Next time, Mr. Li, I want a better fortune.” I laughed as I let the door jangle shut behind me. He smiled and waved as we walked out the door. Our lame ass fortunes added carefully to the collection in our binders.
“Come on Mel, we got to get back to class.”
“I’m sick of class. All those stupid power points.”
Bus ride over. I think I might do something with this one or one of the other ones, we’ll see.