Self Surrender

Alarm sounds, indicating to Jabari Dixon that a new chapter in his life is about to begin.  He glances over to silence the alarm clock that awakens him to the next two years of his life.  Today is January 5th, 2016 and it is the day that the United States District Court Judge ordered for Jabari to begin serving a prison term of two years from a supposedly legitimate business venture that went wrong.

Jabari was accused of being a recruiter for a defunct out of state Real Estate Development group that involved wire fraud in the processing of the loans.  It has been a long road leading up to this day, as 10 years have passed since signing the documents that stamped his ticket to the prison camp he must now report to.

After silencing the alarm clock, Jabari rolls over and looks back to the space that usually is occupied by his girlfriend.  He can hear his girl, April Murray, in the kitchen preparing a going away meal and sits up taking a deep breath realizing that tomorrow morning he will have a new normal.

As he is about to get out of bed, April comes in carrying a tray of food.

“I tried to hurry and finish before your alarm,” she says as she sets down the tray on a dresser next to the bed. “I appreciate everything you do; you know that’” Jabari says back to her with a quick smile that quickly dissipates.

“I don’t think it’s really going to hit me that you are going to be here anymore until tomorrow,” she says as she sits on the edge of the bed and hands him the freshly squeezed glass of orange juice that she made.

“This happened 10 years ago” Jabari retorts sinking his head into his hands unexpectedly rejecting the offer of April.  She sits the glass on the tray and sits next to Jabari.

“It will be ok babe,” she whispered as she brings him into her to comfort him.  “Are you sure you are going to be okay out here?” Jabari asks as they continue their embrace.  She pulls away.  “Don’t worry about me; I’ll be fine…and like I said last night would be fine.”  April puts her thumb up to the corner of his eye to wipe away a tear and they share a smile.

“I have an idea!” April shouts as she jumps up startling the dog that is sleeping at the edge of the bed.  She sprints out of the bedroom and comes back moments later with her mobile phone.

“Let’s make a video!” April smiles as she hops back on the bed next to him.   Jabari gives her a look and she looks back, “no not that type of video.  Plus you can’t be late today.”

April cues up her phone, causing Jabari to reluctantly participate as he glances at his own phone which says “7:45 am”.

“Well it looks like we got about two hours before we need to leave,” April starts causing Jabari to put down his phone and hop into the camera frame.

“Hey it’s me Jabari”

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