On the 88th floor of the Earhart edifice, Edwina the Ecru Egret pressed the down button to the elevator.
She was exhausted. She had spent the last hour consulting with a career expert. "You have enormous empathy for your fellow egrets," the counselor evoked enthusiastically. "You would excel exceedingly well in educational counseling."
Edwina sighed. How could she help others when editing her own life was sometimes an elegiac effort? Perhaps she ought to be an eyelet punch operator.
The elevator doors opened.
"Edwina, my darling girl!"
"Agathe!" the ecru egret exulted. "How was Europe?"
The two old friends hugged and kissed.
"Europe was enchanting," Agathe the Aaardvark exclaimed. "I must go pay this electrical bill. Could you wait for me? Maybe have lunch?"
Edwina had no other engagement so Agathe expressed herself down the hall and was back at the elevator in no time at all.
"I love your hat, Edwina. So chic." Agathe examined it closely. "Isn't that an Eastern Imperial eagle feather?"
"Yes, it's from Edgar," said Edwina, tears slipping from her eyes.
Agathe patted the egret, thinking, "Unrequited love. So excruciating."
"Darling," said Agathe ever so gently, "I ran into Edgar in the European Green Belt."
"How is he?" Edwina's eyes shined with enchantment.
"He is well, as is his wife and their new eaglet."
Edwina dropped her head. "I didn't even know he was engaged."
"It's for the better," Agathe said. "Long distance relationships are easier said than done."
Edwina sighed, then reached deeply into herself to extract a smile. "Come, Agathe," she said energetically. "Let's go toast your homecoming with Espresso martinis and bounce to some Bruno Mars."
"That's my girl," said Agathe.
The elevator arrived at the 88th floor. As the two old friends entered the lift, Edwina asked, "Did you know Charlie the Camel entered a cable car bell ringing contest? And, the Daffodil triplets are disco dancing again?"
The elevator doors closed on the old friends' evocative giggles, chortles, and snorts.
E is the theme for week two of Round 22 of ABC Wednesday. Check it out here. Thank you much, ABCW team!