fun fact this is loosely based on a real bookshop I once found
somewhere in greenwich idk exactly where it is but if ever find urself around
the area look out for it its v cute and v tiny
works at a bookshop. Dan buys a book one day, and, in a ploy to see Phil, keeps
returning with more and more obscure requests so Phil has to spend more time
searching. After Dan leaves with ‘cactus maintenance: a memoir’, Phil starts to
suspect something’s up.
“Look,” Phil sighs when he catches sight of the book Dan’s
clutching today. “I know there’s a very good chance you keep cacti and you just
wanna maintain them and it’s probably wrong of me to assume otherwise, but-…can
I ask you something?”
Dan gulps, putting the book titled “Cactus Maintenance: A
Memoir” down on the counter.
“Do you actually need half of the books
you come in here for?” he asks softly. “I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s a
good chance you might actually ride motorcycles, study bricklaying, want to
know more about frogspawn or- you know, wanna look after your cacti, but…” he
shrugs. “I don’t know. It’s just- um, you’re the first person I’ve met that,
you know, buys one book every single day. When do you get time to read them
Graveland’s Books is the kind
of place you’d only come across if you were either very bored, very desperate,
or very lost.
It hides on the tail end of an
alleyway just behind the village market, and the gnarled wooden beams, the glass
oil lanterns lining either side of the aged brickwork and the rusty bronze bell
hanging above the door would fool anyone into thinking they’d just stepped out
of 2016 and into the 18th century. If it wasn’t for the mobile phone
shop sitting directly opposite, of course.
It’s not big in size, with a
staff room and an office the size of a postage stamp upstairs and just about
enough room to fit two free standing bookshelves in the middle of the shop, but
books spill into every single crack. Stacks and stacks of fiction and history
and travel and biographies narrow the aisles between the shelves, and it’s all
too easy to trip over a random pile of books in the middle of the floor when
you’re not concentrating properly.
But, for a job running along
the sidelines of university, Phil enjoys it. He’d certainly rather spend his
time flicking through a story about a cursed mushroom than stack supermarket
shelves and deal with obnoxious co-workers, anyway.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
I’ve been getting a lot of asks from people who want to know how to keep from losing it in the current chaos and darkness of American politics. I can’t tell you that. It’s hard. No one’s on the best footing these days, emotionally or mentally. These are strange days and they may get stranger yet.
But Mister Rogers was right. Look for the helpers - there are a LOT of them, everywhere. I know as well as anyone that dire news overwhelms the heart and mind, but don’t lose hope. Everywhere people are coming together and standing up in ways we haven’t really seen for a generation or more. That’s a good thing. That’s a *wonderful* thing. That’s the light in the darkness. There are helpers everywhere. Just make sure you are one of them.
I hope you have to retype every single one of those letters. I hope you spill ink everywhere. I hope the gun jams. I hope you drop those razors down the drain. I hope the rope snaps. I hope sleep finally comes easy. I hope you never feel like dying again. I know that you’re in pain and I know that it hurts to feel it everyday. I know that you’re trying. No one notices, sometimes… not even you. I notice. I see you. I’m hopeful about you. I’m hopeful for you. I believe in you. You’ve got this.
To the ELF I loved ~ :> Today shooting day~^^ I shot 19 target ㅋㅋㅋ I did a good job right? Soon will be a day to celebrate ~ (SJ Anniversary) always thankful!! Love you all always ~ always thankful that you all believe in us and work together until now… Really very thankful~ I Will print out all the E-letters to read it everyday, I will read all so don’t worry ^^ It’s my only rest time ㅋㅋㅋ thanks thanks >.< :> sleep well tonight and listen to Oppa song and think of me again! I Will think of you all while doing night duty! I love you ELF baby!
161110 Ryeowook 4th letter:
To our beloved E.L.F Hi? Have you been well? This shall be that last letter that I’m sending from the training center. ㅠ.ㅠ the completion ceremony is already approaching very soon^^ it rained today.. Its cold~ I wondered if you all dressed warmly~ and if you all ate..without skipping any meals~not sure if its because it it is dry but oppa’s voice has become lower~ did I catch a cold?! ㅠ everyone is eating vitamin C well right? sleep well and constantly fighting for your studies and work everyday..^^ see you during the completion ceremony~! ps : thanks for your letters and presents 2016.11.10 (c)(c)