There’s some loud discussion in the wood section and I find three girls and a very confused dad. One is handling a dowel rod, saying that its too thin in her hands and there’s no bigger ones. So I offer my services.
“What are you making?”
“A spear,” says one sheepishly.
“Well, we have some leather that would give you a firmer grip without getting a bigger piece.”
“How about I… show you what we’re making.”
So she brings up a diagram on her phone. And I make a face.
“Okay. Which one of you is cosplaying Pearl?”
Pearl cosplayer jumps up.
“Come this way.” I take her to the leather, which we have in a light turquoise. They’re all excited and curious. “And Amethyst?” Amethyst cosplayer perks up. “Ga-” Garnet cosplayer is immediately in front of me. “Follow me to the stick-on jewels.”
So while they’re all excited and curious, I tell them that I’m working on a Rose cosplay and they all pop up and give me a group hug. They started calling me Rose for the whole time while I was leading them around to the magical world of hot glue and poster board.
And that’s how I got hugged by three complete strangers.
Nerds in the wild.