*Technically this wasn’t part of one of of the prompts I was following, but it was something I wrote ages ago so thought I would post it anyway. It is based off of a scenario me and Paul stumbled upon when we were in Bristol back in October last year. We saw a young man(who we called Sam) walking his whippet,Pepper who missed a call from who we assumed to be his girlfriend(who we called Hannah). Later, we saw a young girl,who we gathered to be Hannah appear walking with him. This was my take on what happened*
Sam and Hannah
It seemed Sam hadn’t had time to stop recently. He’d been so busy with the new design campaign for work that he hadn’t had a day to himself. Today, however he had a day off which didn’t require him to have to think about work. A rare but welcomed occurrence.
Having not awoken until 11am, he had missed his normal routine of having breakfast with his girlfriend of three years, Hannah before they both went off to work. Instead, he had gone downstairs to find a tea bag and milk in a cup and enough water in the kettle to boil himself a cup of tea. It was the little things like this that made Sam love Hannah even more. Along with the mug was a note.
Gone to work. Mug on the side for your morning tea, bread in cupboard for toast and jam in fridge. Finish around 1 so give me a bell wherever you are at that time and I’ll come meet you.
Sam smiled to himself. She did look after him. As he poured the water into the cup and let it brew, he looked over at the most recent photo of them on the mantle piece. A photo taken at their mutual friends wedding a few months ago. Hannah looked stunning in a baby yellow dress, her blonde hair plaited above her head, while Sam, stood next to her in a navy suit look at her lovingly. That was a great day. Mind you every day had been great since he’d met Hannah three years ago on internet dating site Tinder.
His friend Phil had told him to join, as that was where he met his girlfriend of 5 years, Mae. After a few drinks down the local pub with him he had given in and signed up. Sam had been on a few failed dates. One of whom didn’t accept his love of Marvel and superheroes, and the other who took food off his plate without asking. He was like Joey from Friends in that sense. Sam loved his food and if anyone took any without asking, that was a major turn off. He was about to give up and then he came across Hannah, who he immediately struck up a conversation with about a mutual love of books.
They met not long later and hit it off immediately, going out to dinner and on walks. Before any of them knew it, two years had gone by and neither of them had wanted to be a part. There wasn’t even a conversation to be had about moving in, it just felt right and just sort of happened. Hannah had a fair few of her belongings here anyway that it seemed right that she moved the rest of them in. Sam and Hannah had been living together in Sam’s three-bedroom house in Bristol for a year before they decided the next step in their relationship. Not marriage and babies despite both Sam and Hannah’s parents insisting, not yet anyway. They were both too busy in the middle of their careers for that. The next best thing though, was a dog, a black whippet which they had called Pepper.
It seemed like an equally a big a step for the couple to pick out a dog as those that considered getting married or having kids. It was a lot of fun going to dog rescues to visit all of the gorgeous dogs that needed homes though. Hannah had never had a pet growing up, so at the age of 28 she was excited to finally have a pet round the house. Sam had grown up with dogs so he too was happy to have a pet companion back in the house. They knew as soon as the saw him that the black whippet in the corner was for them. And with Sam now looking at the dog laid down by his feet as he munched on his toast and drunk his tea he knew even more that they had made the right choice. It was hard to even remember how different Hannah’s and his own lives were before they had Pepper and it had only been a few months.
Sam stood and took his plate and mug over to the sink. ‘Pepper’ he called putting the remainder of his toast in the dogs bowl.
At the mention of his name, the whippet’s ears pricked. Sam smiled at his companion as he filled Pepper’s bowl with dog food. Setting the bowl down on the floor, giving him a stroke under the chin and a ‘go on then’ to let him know he could eat, Sam made his way upstairs to get ready for the day.
He had a quick shower, giving his ginger hair a wash and made a note to book in for a haircut when he went into town later. He shaved the few days stubble that had begun to appear on his chin and the top of his lip (Hannah didn’t like it when it got too long), before getting dressed in a pair of navy blue jeans, a pair of black converse and red jumper and his long black funeral coat. It was hard to believe where this year had gone. Summer and Clark and Harriet’s wedding seemed like yesterday. Yet the fact that the Bristol weather now went from warm to raining in a matter of minutes proved that autumn had indeed arrived.
Making his way downstairs, he grabbed Pepper’s lead and checked the time. 12pm. perfect. He could give Pepper a quick run around the park at the top of the hill before meeting Hannah. It was Tuesday, which meant she finished early at work. Working as a PR for a book company really took it out of her but because she loved books so much it was a job she enjoyed. Hannah was constantly telling Sam about some of the new books that the publishing company she worked for were in the process of publishing. She enjoyed getting to hear about the latest manuscripts and lunching with authors about their book launches, lets be honest, she just loved books in general. That was another one of Hannah’s personality traits that he loved the most about her. That and the fact she could put him at complete ease, and the fact she understood his love of Marvel.
Sam loved Bristol. Having gone to university here it was a place that instantly felt like home as soon as he came here. Growing up in Oxford it wasn’t that much different to his hometown. Quaint, quiet and full of history. He loved looking at the different buildings surrounding the city and definchiating when it was built. It was his dream to be able to one day design a building of his own.
After a quick stop off in town to book himself a hair cut, he took Pepper for a run around the park at the top of the hill not far from the house. It was when Sam got to the top of the hill that Pepper decided he didn’t want to go down the hill. Down the hill, meant going home and it was like Pepper knew that and reluctantly refused to move.
Sam took his phone out of his pocket and dialed Hannah’s number. She answered on the third ring.
‘Hey you, did you get my texts?’
‘I’ve just received them now. Sorry the meeting ran over. Where about’s are you?’
‘Me and Pepper are at the top of Saint Andrew’s park. Pepper is refusing, as always to walk down the hill’. Hannah chuckled down the phone.
‘You know he knows that when he gets to that hill, Sam that he knows he isn’t far from home’. Sam returned his girlfriends laughter as if it was something Hannah knew more about than he did. Mind you, it had seemed like ages that Sam had actually had the time to take Pepper for a walk, so seemed fair that Hannah would know more about their dogs habits than he, considering it was more often than not that Hannah took Pepper out than him. Pepper still refused to move.
‘Well, you do take him out more than me. Shall we meet you down the bottom of the hill when this one decides to move?’
‘Sounds like a plan, I’ve just left so I’ll be there in about ten minutes’
‘Ok, see you in a bit’ Sam replied before hanging up the phone.
The weather had started to get colder, the mist among the hills beginning to form. Sam put the collar up on his coat to protect himself from the cold.
‘Come on Pepper’ Sam said kneeling down next to the whippet. The dog didn’t budge. Just looked off into the distance. He was having none of it. Sam stood overlooking the city, willing the dog to move. He was beginning to get hungry. It wasn’t long since he had breakfast but it seemed on his very rare days off that if he could eat then he would.
It seemed like a good ten minutes before Pepper even thought about moving. Sam pulled slightly on the lead as Pepper began to take a few steps forward. Ok so it wasn’t very fast but it was something.
* * *
After Pepper finally budged from the hill, Hannah met Sam at the bottom of the hill as planned. The pair walked hand in hand home where the dropped off Pepper before going back out. They had a wander round Bristol town, looking in Waterstones at the new releases; it was another of Hannah’s dream to one day see her novel amongst the shelves of books. After Hannah had her dream moment they made their way down to the Harbour where they enjoyed pizza and The Stable. It was a nice relaxed atmosphere as they had just missed the afternoon lunch rush. Feeling full, Sam and Hannah made their way back home where they continued to watch The Crown on Netflix before retiring to bed wrapped in each other’s arms. Sam was content in that moment. His days off where far and in between but when he did have days off these were the perfect way to spend them. Maybe married and kids were on the cards in the future but for now, he was content to spend his life with his Hannah and their dog Pepper in their little house they called home in Bristol.