Sundays With Ingrid
“How are the Blades?” said Joey.
“I could maybe take them down to the shop,” he said. The Strades—just Joey and the chief, his mom not around after the divorce—had a whole workshop in their basement. “If you want.”
“And do what with them?” Ingrid said.
“Customize,” said Joey. “What else?”
“Sounds good,” Ingrid said.
Not long after, they were in Joey’s basement, Ingrid’s Rollerblades on the workbench, separated into all their component parts and maybe a few more. Joey switched on a strong light.
“See these things?” he said.
“Those?” said Ingrid, pointing; their hands touched for a moment.
“Yeah,” said Joey. “I’m going to put in better ones.”
Titanium—one of those words you heard from time to time, but Ingrid didn’t know much about it. “What’s so special about titanium anyway?” she said.
Joey, working with a tiny screwdriver, the tip of his tongue sticking out, paused. “Strong as steel and half the weight,” he said.
“Plus it won’t corrode.”
“How do you know all this?”
Joey shrugged and went back to work. At that moment, maybe because of the bright light he was working under, Ingrid noticed that his ears were kind of nice. Ingrid had never really noticed much about ears before, couldn’t say what exactly made Joey’s nice. She leaned a little closer. That was when she got the idea—not an idea, more of an urge—to give his ear a quick little kiss. She was just about to do that, her lips so close—although Joey, bent forward in concentration, seemed oblivious—when the basement door opened and Chief Strade came in.
Ingrid rocked back, so hard she almost fell off the stool.
“Hi, kids,” he said, facial expression and voice neutral. “What’s doing?”
“Not much,” said Joey, reaching for an even smaller screwdriver.
“Joey’s customizing my Blades,” said Ingrid.
From Behind the Curtain.
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