It was dark before he even got home.
He, of course, forgot to leave a light on. This meant fumbling in the dark, something he should be used to by now in every sense of the phrase.
He didn’t do anything for the first thirty seconds through the doorway. He just stood quietly; his dog jumping in place in the mixed euphoria of his best friend’s return and dinner.
He took a deep breath, placed a calm hand on the dog’s head, and sighed before heading to the kitchen.
As the dog inhaled his dinner, he mixed a drink. Carefully—deliberately.
The kitchen window had already transformed into a mirror, giving him a darkened, slightly obscured reflection.
He looked more disheveled than normal.
Usually, it was a part of his charm, but now he just look defeated.
Deflated and beaten down.
It wasn’t any one thing. It was every little thing. One thing after another, in every part of his life; raindrops collecting in a bucket that was just about full.
He didn’t bother taking off his coat, merely loosening his tie as he walked back to the living room, his dog trailing at his feet.
When he flipped the switch to turn on the lamp, he was met with a flash and a pop, followed by darkness. That was his last light bulb.
When it rains it pours.
He took a drink and sat down, as his dog curled up beside him, head in lap.
Left to fumble in the dark until sunrise.