timeless souls

Day One Hundred and Nineteen

-A woman came through my lane clutching a thick paperback covered by what appeared to be a glistening, shirtless angel, entirely wrapped in chains. The woman’s stare told me two things: she was prepared to physically fight me were I to say anything, and this was not the first time she had mistakenly thought a store had a self-checkout until it was too late.

-A man insisted to me that I had rang him up earlier in the day and he simply did not have his receipt anymore, but, as I had been here under half an hour and had a total of five guests thus far, I could safely say that I had not. He apologized, realizing that he had mistaken me for my manager, and commenting, “All y'all white people look the same to me.” While I am inclined to agree with him on this, I do wonder what he sees in the mirror. This man was whiter than me, not an easy feat.

-An older woman, well into her eighties, made a comment to me that I will never forget. “As they say, I’m a little ‘dragon-aged’ today.” Later, a mother told her daughter to “Scooby up.” I do not know who has ever said these phrases, when, or in what context, but I deeply want this era of slang to stay.

-In a joyful mood brought on by an oncoming visit from my girlfriend, I decided to bring back a guest favorite: a “TAKE ONE” sticker display. This was an unequivocal success, pleasing children by the score. Their enthusiasm could only be matched by a group of guests who, while octogenarian in body, were clearly timeless in soul.

-Much to their mother’s dismay, a sweet yet energetic child insisted upon getting a frappuccino. The mother’s eyes were filled with an existential terror, the likes of which I rarely see without a five-digit number appearing on my register’s screen.

-A mother came through, young son in tow; the boy, in turn, towed along a replica of Thor’s hammer. I felt comforted to have a hero in my store, but this relief was not long to last. Upon the boy being denied gum, Mjolnir was brought down in a mighty thwack upon his mother’s shin. His mother promptly revoked his hammer privileges and summarily squashed what could have been the second-most upsetting turn of a superhero in 2017.

-I passed a girl her parents’ purchase over the counter. She graciously accepted the bag with both hands, smiled at me, turned in her seat, and power-dunked the whole thing into the back of the cart. This was a truly baller move and earned her my utmost respect.

-A woman commented to me on how fun her allergies are. Her young daughter asked if she was joking again. The mother told her that she had been, and explained to me that she had already figured out how sarcasm worked. I remarked that this should be a fun development int he coming years. She remarked that it would be, and so would boarding school in Switzerland. Based on the overall lack of response, I think that this woman is safe. Her daughter has not fully uncovered the depths of sarcasm yet.

-A man began to walk away without his bags. I called after, reminding him not to leave them behind. He thanked me for the reminder and continued to exit the store without them.

Some movies that will help put you in a good mood especially if you're feeling down:

• the kings of summer
• the grand budapest hotel
• footloose
• the breakfast club
• soul surfer
• silver linings playbook
• the best exotic marigold hotel
• RV
• we’re the millers
• the internship
• we bought a zoo
• the spectacular now
• the perks of being a wallflower

The most painful second of television.

There is the kiss of welcome and of parting, the long, lingering, loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise and receipt of fulfillment.

~ Thomas C. Haliburton

~ Artist Adam Martinakis
~ George RedHawk animation

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OTAYURI PLAYLIST - my youth is yours

- gravel to tempo // hayley kiyoko

“I’ll do this my way / don’t matter if i break / i gotta be on my own”

- sleepover // hayley kiyoko

“I don’t wanna think about it / i just feel alone, feel alone / even when you’re next to me / it’s not the way i’m picturing”

- save me // bts

“listen to my heartbeat / it calls you whenever it wants to / because within this pitch black darkness / you are shining so brightly”

- is there somewhere // halsey

“i didn’t mean to fall in love tonight / you’re looking like you fell in love tonight / could we pretend that we’re in love?”

- playing with fire // BLACKPINK

“I can’t stop this trembling on and on and on / i wanna throw my all into your fiery path”

- for him. // troye sivan

“forget all the shooting stars and all the silver moons / we’ve been making shades of purple out of red and blue / sickeningly sweet like honey / don’t need money / all i need is you”

- sanctuary // allie x

“if i’m beside you / our hearts are enemy proof / nothing’s getting through”

- youth // troye sivan

“we’ve no time for getting old / mortal bodies, timeless souls / cross your fingers, here we go”

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Loving me will not be easy. 
It will be war.
You will hold the gun and I will hand you the bullets.
So breathe, and embrace the beauty of the massacre that lies ahead. 

-R.M. Drake

  • me: If only I could, I would write a fantasy-ish AU where Lucy is an actual princess of the Rittenhouse dynasty, Wyatt is a palace guard, Rufus is a scientist / inventor who works for the king's advisor, and Flynn is a rebellious villain who wants to destroy the monarchy
  • me: ...Unfortunately, I am bad at writing.