The iced latte was smooth and refreshing to taste. I let it slide down my tongue as I sat on the patio and watched the crowds pass through Pasadena.

She was meeting me here later. I pulled Crime and Punishment out of my satchel and started reading. The characters scared me as they reminded me how close I was to poverty and losing my mind.

The day was warm but the breeze felt nice on my sweat. She sat down next to me as she surprised me in the blur of colors that she always was.