It was as if a spotlight was shining directly on the bicycle. It was bright blue and Agnes knew she had to have it immediately.
“David! Oh, David please. I need that bike.” She wrapped her hand on his elbow and led him to the wall of the thrift shop.
David smiled, enjoying the sudden smile on his wife’s face. He was glad her mother had volunteered to watch the baby so they could have dinner just the two of them. It seemed just the break that Agnes needed. After dinner she’d asked if they could walk downtown for a while, and David thought he saw a hint of the old Agnes.
“It’s a nice looking bike,” David said.
“Nice looking? It’s beautiful.” Agnes breathed the words as she ran her hand over the mostly white handlebar. “Do you know what this bike could do for me? Do you know what this bike means? I could go anywhere. I wouldn’t be stuck at the house all the time.”
David glanced at the price tag, “That does seem like a good idea.”
Agnes’s voice was dreamy, she didn’t take her eyes off the bike. “I could drop off the baby at Elise’s and ride all over town, finding places to sketch. I’d have…freedom.”
“You know they make seats that you can put on the back of the bike, so you could even take Mattie with you.” David was brightening at the idea.
Agnes’s left eye twitched, but she kept looking at the bike. “Oh please, David? Please can I get the bike?”
David smiled, “Of course you can sweetie.
Agnes kicked the kickstand up and stretched her leg over the bicycle. She rode the the bike to the front register, David walking behind her. He watched her glide down an aisle of kitchenware, her legs stuck out and her head pointed towards the ceiling. He could see her eyes were closed. For the first time since Matilda was born, he could see that she was finally relaxed.
This piece was written as a part of my fictional work-in-progress, Finding Agnes. You can find more from Finding Agnes here.
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