I fucking love cats. But strays… At my new house, you only see a cat silently watching you from atop a wall hanging with ivy, or a roof shadowed by a tree. If it’s bright enough to see more than their eyes, or you try to move towards them, they’ll stare a moment longer then disappear when you blink. You won’t see where they go, but you may spot them again further down the street, watching once more. They just appear and disappear without a warning. A small flicker in the corner of your eye, and they’re there. If it’s dark, all they need do is close their eyes, and you won’t see them open again. There’s almost always one cat, though. They’re always watching…
It’s interesting to read, yes. Not so interesting to live it. I walk around my new neighbourhood a lot, trying to learn my way around. But I’m not always back by dark. The cats are still there in the daylight, but not so many. Not so close. Their eyes…not so hungry. I hurry, I move faster, but somehow they manage to keep up without moving. Watching, always watching, until the moment I close my door. Sometimes I think I hear them whisper to me, hiss in anger when I…escape…
Gene practically bounced with excitement as he watched the rest of his family collect their bags. They were finally on vacation! And in Japan, a place he’d wanted to go since he was a small child.
“You guys are so slow! Come on!”
They were staying on the small island of Oshima for the first few days, then heading back to Tokyo and moving outward from there. All he wanted to do now was drop their bags at the hotel and explore, but he had to wait for slowpoke Noll and his parents.
Mai Taniyama sighed as she looked out the window of the tea shop. It was yet another boring day of her boring and very disappointing life. The only good thing about about this job was that her English had improved significantly. That, and it paid the bills. But sometimes it wasn’t worth it. The tourists that came into the shop were often rude and almost never tipped well.
The only bright spot of her job, and the only reason she hadn’t gone back to Tokyo, was the group of geologists that came in every afternoon. They always ordered the same thing, three pots of tea and three slices of cake, and then sat around discussing work like they were actually at the office. And they always let her listen to what they were saying, and even explained things if she asked a question while refilling their tea.
Mai had learned a lot over the past couple of years, and what she heard the scientists discussing today had her worried. Something about harmonic tremor, which she knew was something to do with earthquakes and volcanoes, and the movement of magma. And then they mentioned a growing dome within the volcano on the island and increased seismic activity. All signs that she now knew pointed to a possible eruption.
She bit her lip, wondering if she should ask if they were going to evacuate the island.
The youngest one caught her eye as the table stood and saw her worried look, then smiled. “Don’t worry, Mai-chan. We don’t think it’s actually going to erupt. It does this a lot.”
She nodded, still worried, but gave him a small smile. “Thanks for coming in today. We appreciate your business.”
“We always appreciate you, Mai-chan,” one of the older men said. “Thank you for making such excellent tea.”
Mai smiled again and bowed slightly as they left, then began to clear the table, smiling as she saw the coins on the table. That was the other thing she liked about them. They always tipped well.
She glanced up as the bell above the door jingled again, admitting what appeared to be yet another tourist family. Little did she know that this one would change her life.
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Romance in Rome! Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston Take Their Jet Set Relationship to Italy
From Rhode Island to Nashville and even Suffolk, England, the next stop on Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston’s international love tour was Rome, Italy.
On Monday, the singer and her actor beau visited the historic Colosseum at the Italian capitol. The pair, who met May 1 at the Met Gala, were spotted holding hands during their private tour of the grounds.
Swift, 26, stood out in a bright yellow sun dress and blue flats while Hiddleston, 35, was dressed in a white dress shirt and black slacks. While she looked romantic with a rouge lip, the only thing shining more than Taylor’s ensemble was her beaming smile.
Following their date at the Colosseum, the rumored couple were pictured dining at a nearby restaurant together.
This Italian excursion comes just days after Swift met the Night Manager star’s mother Diana in his native Suffolk on the east coast of England.
And their romance appears to be moving very swiftly.
The same weekend she met Diana, Swift introduced Hiddleston to her parents Scott and Andrea at her Nashville, Tennessee apartment. The 1989 hitmaker has also introduced her new man to many of her friends in Nashville, including childhood BFF Abigail Anderson and squad member Selena Gomez.