Arnold took a shower and went to bed. He slept for most of the night and woke up before his alarm went off. He made the same breakfast as he did every morning, four toast with butter and a glass of orange juice, and noted that he was almost out of bread and juice. He changed out of his sleep clothes and dressed for work in a nice suit and clean underwear. He had enough clothes and underwear to last another few days before he had to get the clothes in the laundry basket washed.
If Annie had known he would be doing a lot of this stuff by himself, she would have given him the same 'living together with someone' classes she had given Kelly. What groceries to buy with such limited storage space, how to do the wash and not mess it up, and how to cook quick meals. She had been so relieved about Kelly being there and teaching her that she had completely overlooked what would happen if Arnold was left alone.
Arnold wasn't concerned about it at the moment and opened his dorm room door to leave. He noticed that none of the other doors were open and looked at the clock beside his bed and saw that he was about an hour early for the normal hustle and bustle. He locked and closed the door, then walked as silently as he could down the hallway. He didn't bother with the elevator this time, since it was quite noisy, and walked down the stairs.
When he reached the bottom of the stairs, he saw Doris put a large plastic bag full of magazines and books on her desk. She took off her summer coat and hung it on the back of her chair and he saw that she wore a black blouse and black dress pants. As Doris took in a huge breath and let out a loud sigh, he walked over to her.
“Good morning.” Arnold said from right behind her.
“AHHH!” Doris yelled and jumped into the air. She went pretty high, considering she was only five feet and five inches tall and had a lot of mass on her chest. She wore a hard cupped bra today, so her breasts didn't visibly jiggle through her blouse. She gripped the desk to hold herself steady when she landed and she panted heavily, as if she had just run a marathon.
“By the curly hair of sweet Baby Jesus, you scared the heavens out of me!” Doris exclaimed when she caught her breath and turned to glare at him. “Apologize to me right now!”
“I'm sorry.” Arnold said and put on the face that his father always used when he apologized to his mother after she demanded an apology.
Doris caught her breath at the repentant face and tears almost came to her eyes. “Oh, it's all right. I forgive you.” She said and opened her arms. “Come here and give me a hug.”
Arnold bent down slightly and Doris hugged him tightly to her chest. It didn't feel right, though. “I can't feel your warm breasts today.” He said and that made her laugh.
Doris let him go and she pat her chest. “I'm wearing a bustier today to give my sore shoulders a rest.”
Arnold reached out and put his hands on her shoulders and rubbed the clavicles with his thumbs and used his fingers to dig a little into the muscle and gave her shoulders a massage.
“I'm sorry. I can't kiss them and make them feel better.” Arnold said.
Doris took a few moments to register what he said. “E-excuse me?”
“I'm only allowed to kiss my girlfriend, so all I can do is rub your shoulders.” Arnold said and kept doing it. “I know it's not as effective as kissing the sore spot, though.”
“W-w-wait.” Doris had a hard time not enjoying what he was doing, since her shoulders really were sore and getting a massage felt really, really good. “If you weren't dating Kelly...” She started to say and looked into his eyes. “...you would rub and kiss my shoulders, because I told you that they were sore?”
“Yes.” Arnold said without hesitation.
Doris saw a brief glint of something in his eyes. She instinctually knew it was the look that a man gave a woman when he thought they would be sleeping together, and it gave her a little shiver. She hadn't felt that in a while and it kind of threw her normal sensibilities off a little.
“Oh... ah... I suppose... yes, that would... be nice.” Doris said haltingly, then her eyes widened. What... what am I saying?
Arnold gave her shoulders one last squeeze and let them go. “I need to get to work.”
“O-okay. Have a good day.” Doris said and kept looking into his eyes to see if another glint would appear. She didn't see it and she started to doubt if she had seen it the first time. Her mind started to justify it as some kind of irrational fantasy that she was having with a young man that was less than half her age.
Arnold walked across the lobby and left the building and Doris walked around her desk and sat down. Right in the middle of her desk was the fortune she had found inside the cookie.
'Be wary of those around you'. Doris read and looked at the front door. Now I know what you meant.