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The Finer Cookie: Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cookies

The Rush

By Kimberlie Robert

Date #6 – It was a laborious day occupied by early morning repairs and later by pulling weeds, turning the soil and tying the tomatoes in my community garden. I’ve just scrubbed off the work and put on my oversized boxers. My energy was good today being that I slept so well, awaken by nothing except my own good thoughts, which made the heavy lifting seem lighter somehow.

I spent the day alone, except for the replay of events from last night: the efforts to please me, the easy laughter, and the charming wit. I’ve never felt so visible or at ease. My thoughts wander to my colleague who fell too hard for his lover, in spite of the warnings. He said he could not control himself. I don’t really understand how this happens, but what does it matter.

Tonight, there’s nothing in the freezer except a pint of vanilla ice cream. I cut two scoops and pulled out the Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cookies that my sister made earlier this week. The cold creaminess and chewy chocolate sings my song. I pushed the Scrabble game aside from last night and sat in my chair. Every mouthful asked for second helpings. The world goes to the dogs with each bite—so delicious and gorgeous. Then the phone rang when no one was expected to call.

“I came on two tickets to a jazz trumpet—the jazz festival? The show starts at 7pm. Apologies for the short notice.” The hour read 6:20. Miffed, tired and excited, I tore off my shorts and yanked a forgiving shirt over head. I brushed, polished, and concealed the day away, kissed the dog and dashed for a cab (better to have no burdens).

Meeting with those soft blue eyes made the rush dissipate. No words spoken, we double-stepped it up the escalator, and disrupted everyone front and back as we pushed to our seats. She knows music too? And for the next two hours, I was swept into the generous spirit of the auditorium. The Nearness of You brings on the sensation of unspeakable possibilities, and in the first verse, I turned to look at the aquiline profile, the liquid lips and ruddy complexion. I leaned to whisper “thank you.” In return, the whisper “I love you,” filled my body with a fullness that stayed with me long after the music left the stage.

Click here for the Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cookie recipe.

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Photographed by Kimberlie Robert

kimberlie robert

Kimberlie Robert is currently the Executive Cookie Maker at The Finer Cookie. As of recently, she has worked as an Executive Assistant for five years. Prior to that she was the Coordinating Director/Partner of an Advertising Agency. She has earned an MA in Art History and a BA in English Literature. She is also a writer and researcher, short story editor, pastry chef, tango dancer and gardener.

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