Cinna’s designer heels clicked against the pavement as she left the office building.
It had been a long day. A long disappointing day.
After seven weeks of knocking herself out, the promotion she wanted more than anything went to someone else.
Cinna didn’t deny Elsa had more experience and more seniority at Langley, but the woman’s natural bad attitude and inclination to pick a fight over the most trivial office task would only lead to endless headaches for the accounting department.
She wasn’t looking for more headaches, Cinna wanted to buy a home. The increase in pay for department manager would have made that possible.
Clicking the remote on her car fob, Cinna opened the door to the Lexus and dropped into the seat as though she bore the weight of the world on her back.
Selling her condo would still get her the down payment for a house, but she’d planned on hanging on to it as an investment and lease it out.
Dammit! Nothing ever worked out for her.
She would be thirty-three-years-old next month and wasn’t where she wanted to be in life. She didn’t have her own home… or a husband and children to share it with.
Cinna sent Art Clarey on his way early last year. After four years together, Cinna knew the hapless optometrist didn’t hold her happily-ever-after.
In no mood to cook, Cinna stopped at Boston Markets, but after several minutes could only decide on an order of macaroni and cheese.
Her mind raced as she returned to her car. What would she do now? She didn’t have a plan B. Cinna wanted forward movement in her life. She thought about checking what positions were available in her field when she heard a noise. None of the other customers coming and going didn’t seem to notice, so Cinna continued on to her car.
She heard the noise again.
Something slammed shut, and someone cried out.
Turning, she followed the walkway to the edge of the storefront.
Glancing toward the back of the parking lot, Cinna saw a woman and two young children. One of the children–a boy– was holding his hand and crying as the woman lifted the lid of the trash bin.
A mother and her two children… hungry and looking for food.
A myriad of emotions washed over Cinnamon Hinkley… shock, disgust, anger, pity… and shame.
She didn’t have the things she wanted, but she had everything she needed. She didn’t have to wonder where her next meal would come from or where she would sleep each night.
A mother and her children.
Cinna didn’t know what led them to this moment in their lives rummaging through a trash bin, but it didn’t matter.
She went back into the store and placed a different order… a much larger order. She couldn’t solve all their problems, but they would not eat from a dumpster tonight.
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