Earl’s search continued.
It had been days without sleep. He’d been on and off buses in the search of real doughnuts.
Finally, he found a place. This little local shop. He got off the bus at 10 p.m. The way his odd planning went, he had to be on the bus to return home at 11.
One hour. That’s all he needed. Just one hour.
It seemed like it would be about a 10-minute walk before he arrived. He’d get a dozen. Maybe two. He’s probably get a couple of pints of milk, too. Maybe even a bottle of water. It’s a long ride back home on the bus, so he knew he’d need to wash down those doughnuts.
Heck with the chains doughnut places. Those were the ones who turned their back on Earl.
Earl’s hours of research at the local library — figuring how to use that “Internet thing” — has led him here.
Squared Circle Dougnuts and Sammiches.
The reviews were great. The hours matches his travel schedule. They were open until midnight. Every. Night.
They bragged on the Internet how they had countless types of doughnuts. And Earl was ready. By the time he got home, he’d be in a sugar and doughnut daze.
Then he’d eat the rest the next day.
The bus stopped and he was off on his walk. Ten minutes and he’d have a dougnut. Oh has he been waiting for this.
He walked and walked. No lights. Nothing. What was going on?
Finally, Earl looked around. He saw a sign with a doughnut on it. No lights. He looked at his watch. It was only 10:15. What the hell?
He walked closer and he looked. There was a sign.
Early stood and stared. He tried the door. Locked. Inside looked pristine and ready. The sign says vacation. So they’ll be back at some time.
But it doesn’t help Earl now. He’s lost. Doughnuts.
Dejected, Earl headed back to the bus stop. He got on and took the long ride home and went right to bed. The next morning was a new start for Earl. He stared out into his room. It was only the start.
It was the day after last night.
And it’s one he’ll remember forever.
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