“Follow that bus.” I tell the driver as soon as I jump into a taxi.
I forgot my 2-year-old niece on the bus. She’s in a stroller. My brother had to go out of town today, so he asked me to look after his daughter. I took her to the mall and then to the park and on the way home I stupidly forgot to take her off the bus with me.
The bus takes a right turn. Before my taxi can take a right, two other vehicles get into an accident in the middle of the intersection. Some idiot jumped a red light. It’s chaos. Nobody can move around the wreckage. My cab can’t move. The bus carrying my niece is slipping out of view.
I jump out of the cab and try to chase the bus but I’m not fast enough. I stop and try to catch my breath. My lungs are dying.
“You’ve used up all your stamina chasing after girls.” A voice says.
I look up. It’s Alice, my ex-girlfriend. She has my niece with her.
“Now I know why you never wanted to have any kids.” Alice smiles.
“I didn’t mean to lose her.”
“When I saw you on the bus, I debated whether or not to talk to you. It’s been so long.”
“Looks like I didn’t leave you much choice.”
Alice and I spend the day together. It’ll be safer if she watches over me while I watch over my niece. We broke up many years ago because she wanted kids and I didn’t.
At the end of the day Alice and I are watching TV in my living room. My niece is asleep in the bedroom. We had a wonderful day.
“Being with you and my niece made me realize that having a kid wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.” I tell Alice. “In fact it might be the best thing.”
“Really?” Alice asks.
“Yeah. What do you say we give this another chance? Let’s be together again.”
“While it’s really nice you want to have kids.” Alice says slowly. “I’m not sure if I can take care of you and the kid.”
“I’m sorry. I had a wonderful day with you. But I have to go now.”
She leaves and I feel bad.
Then my niece starts crying. I rush to her bedroom. I already put her to sleep, why can’t she stay asleep? Oh no, her diaper smells. I hate changing diapers. This is the second time I’ll have to change her diaper. You know what, I’m glad Alice rejected me. I don’t want kids.