“You first,” he said allowing me to enter the elevator before him. “You look like you have somewhere to be.”
I give him a small smile and nod in thanks and step in to the cramped metal box. Once securely inside the doors slide shut, and the ruddy-faced stranger and I are alone as we begin our decent.
“I lost my job yesterday,” he says out of the blue. “So I’m in no hurry. That’s why I’m at the gym this morning.”
I quietly respond “Well if you’re going to have some free time at least it’s the right time of year. It’s really gorgeous out.”
“That or my boss is a complete asshole and knows no one can find a new job in summer.”
I fall into an awkward silence and pray we are almost to the lobby.