Fulfilled Dreams

“When you find all of your dreams fulfilled, it’s time to think up more dreams.”

She looked up at him. “Huh? What’s that from?”

“Me, I guess,” he said with a large, goofy smile. “My dreams are all fulfilled.”

“Really. How so?”

“I have this house I made into a home. My first book is published. And then there’s you. I love going to work most of the time. I am not starving to death, I have my health, you know. My dreams are fulfilled.”

“And?”

“And it’s time for new dreams. Time to start reaching higher.”

“Like…another book?”

“And maybe another girlfriend.”

“Very funny.”

“I thought so.”

She threw the copy of ReadyMade she was reading at him but he ducked. “See? Everything’s coming up me right now. You couldn’t even hit me with -”

Another magazine hit him square in the face.

“Nice.”

She smiled. “Gotcha! Don’t be so cocky!”

“Hey, can I help it if I’m happy?”

“I’m glad I’m on that list,” she said, getting up and walking over to the couch.

“That doesn’t mean I want to cuddle.”

“Tough. I came over here to cuddle, and cuddle I will.”

“Fine,” he said in his pretend-frustrated voice. He put his arm around her and pulled her in.

“What’s this you’re working on?” she asked, picking up the notebook he had been writing in.

“Ideas. For my next book.”

“Nice.”

“Like I said, new dreams. Not like my first book is doing well. Even the publisher said it wasn’t selling much. Maybe I can use this to get an agent. Or maybe this is the start of something bigger. It just takes the right person to read it, someone like Chuck Klosterman to tweet it, and next thing I know, it starts selling like crazy.”

“Or?”

“Or nothing. I got a book published. It was one of my dreams. I’m happy. It feels good.”

She dropped the notebook onto the floor and it landed on her crumpled magazine she’d used as a weapon just moments ago.

“Let’s go upstairs,” she said after resting her chin on his shoulder.

He smiled. “See? I’m getting everything I want.”

She got up and threw the magazine at his face again.

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