The next day she sent me a link to a house for rent. I wasn't particularly interested in looking at houses, seeing as I live 3,000 miles away, but the description of the place was undeniably perfect.
This tiny house, available immediately, would be perfect for a long term visitor of Asheville. It would be ideal for a writer looking to simplify.
I had to see this tiny house.
I called the landlord and set an appointment to drop by in the afternoon, just out of curiosity. I took a taxi into town and decided I'd walk the remaining two miles to the address. But the taxi took much longer than I thought, and I got mixed up between Merimon and Broadway and completely turned around. This happens to me in Asheville because the whole city looks identical.
I was going to be very late. It was hot out, and my computer bag dug an angry red streak into my shoulder. After a few futile minutes of staring at the tiny map on my phone, I stopped walking. There's no point in getting there late and stressed, I reasoned with myself. There's really no point in going there at all. Why was I looking at a tiny house in North Carolina anyway, when I lived happily in a spacious apartment in Seattle? The description of the house had been eerily perfect, like the house was meant to be mine, but obviously it wasn't if I couldn't even get there.
I needed a ride, but everyone I knew in Asheville was working. It dawned on me that I could just knock on the window of any car with a whitewater boat on top, and chances are they'd know Yonton, and I could probably just ask for a ride. Being friends with Yonton is like holding a key to the city.
I had taken three steps when a Subaru with Washington plates pulled up next to me. The girl in the driver's seat was my friend Rachel, from Seattle.
"Hi Rachel." I said. "I really need a ride two miles up the road." She gave me this look, and then she drove me there.
All I knew was I really needed to get somewhere, and at that precise moment my friend from Seattle shows up and took me there. It seemed to make sense.