The warm winter weather meant Daisy could still spend her lunch break
exploring the city. She enjoyed watching all the interesting (she assumed)
people pass by the Courthouse during the noon hour, but she found herself
more and more drawn to the riverfront and attracted particularly to the train
Union Station had always been a bit intimidating even to someone as
confident as Daisy. Being one of the largest travel hubs in the U.S. there were
always hundreds of people coming and going and the cacophony of this
concentration of humanity at times was almost deafening. It wasn’t until she
made a few deliveries to some of the offices on the second floor in the
massive brick building that she began to feel more comfortable among the
Today was one of those days. Her boss asked her to take one of the bikes
and deliver some packages to a lawyer’s office on the second floor in the
train station. Thankfully, it was a beautiful December morning, so she set out
through the busy Peoria streets just before lunch – she could drop off the
packages, have lunch in the train station restaurant and have plenty of time
to get back for her afternoon shift.
The city was busier than ever, almost buzzing with Christmas spirit, and Union
Station was the busiest place of all. Holiday travelers were everywhere and it
was difficult for Daisy to maneuver her way through the careless crowds,
especially with the packages she was carrying. And being somewhat small
in height didn’t help either. She was swiftly swept away by the flood of
travelers and businessmen and before she knew it found herself – and her
packages – deposited on the floor of the station.
While she was worried for her own safety, she was even more concerned
about that safety of the packages which were being battered about by the
people passing by (and over) her.
She quickly grabbed one of the packages, just as she watched another get
kicked a few feet away. She tried to scramble towards it but it was moving
along with the crowds as well. All she could see were the well-pressed pants
and nicely shined shoes of the travelers packed together and jostling her
around on the floor. But then for some reason those pants and shoes parted
in front of her and a clear path emerged between her and the last errant
package, which she quickly reacquired.
She stood up and began arranging herself after the tussling she took. And
that’s when she saw why the crowds had (and continued to remain) parted
for her. It was because a massive green-eyed man that she recognized as a
whiskeydaddler was standing just behind her with his bulky frame spread out
wide – effectively blocking the crowds that had to now take a wide berth to
get around him. Not that any one of them complained or even looked
askance at Dan.
Except Daisy who said,
“Thanks, but you could have helped me pick them
“Well, I would have but you look like the type of person who can take care
“Yes, and right now I have to take care of this delivery,”
said Daisy in a very official tone.
“I understand about delivering things and making deadlines, so I don’t want
to keep you,”
“But how about I block traffic for you to the
“I can take care of myself,”
Daisy said coolly.
“But that would be helpful.”
So, they turned together towards the staircase leading to the lawyer’s
offices, Dan in front using his giant frame to part the crowds and shield Daisy
who walked immediately behind him. After getting to the stairs, Daisy walked
up a few steps before turning and looking at Dan who was standing below
looking up slightly at her.
“Thank you, that was very kind, um?”
“That was very kind, Dan. I’m Daisy.”
“I’m glad to meet you, Daisy.”
Hearing her name caused a slight change in her demeanor. She started to
warm a bit to those green eyes. Then she quickly snapped out of it.
“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to…”
“Yes, I understand,”
“Good bye, Daisy.”
A slight smile came across his face and a smirk graced hers. Then they both
turned and each went their own way.