You sat on the picnic table bench next to him as he stared at your tan patio pavers. Your hands collected in your lap, you waited.
“Really?” He said.
“Yeah.” You were short with your answer, having never done this before.
“Oh.” He replied. “Well I guess I’m just leaving then.” He stood up. “You can keep the t-shirt.”
“No, no, please. Keep it for your next girlfriend, I won’t wear it. Give it to her.” You said as he stood up and made his way to the backdoor of your apartment. He didn’t respond as he stepped inside. You followed.
As he slid his shoes on without untying them, tears welled in your eyes and you threw your gift on your couch. The t-shirt he had given you when he came to hang out was blue and light washed, and said “New Yorker and Proud” on the back, with an artsy design covering the front. Why did he want to leave so quickly? Didn’t he want to hear your reasons for doing this? How will he understand you? With his back to you still, he started towards the front door, and you stood there in confusion.
You had broken up with Harry because he didn’t appreciate you or how you loved him. You dated for over 2 ½ years and he never even told you he loved you. How was that supposed to make you feel? You sacrificed so much for him, all the time, and it seemed like you got nothing in return. All you wanted was to be with him, spend time, and love each other, like couples usually do, but he seemed half-hearted almost all of the time.
“I’m sick, Y/N. I just don’t want to hang out.”
You moved your phone to your opposite shoulder while unlocking your front door. “But why not? If I was sick I would want you to come over and cuddle with me.”
“I just feel like being alone. And I don’t want you to get sick, you know?”
You stepped into your apartment and toed your sandals off to the side of your entryway mat. “No, Harry, I don’t know. I could come over and we could watch movies or cuddle or at least do something together so I don’t understand why you are saying no.”
“Because, I am sick. I just want to do nothing.”
”So why can’t I come over and be with you while you do nothing? I’m just confused. I really don’t understand, Harry.”
“Well I don’t know how to explain it to you, and I honestly don’t really feel like it right now.”
You didn’t understand. You really didn’t. It was the last day before your Christmas expenditure, when you would fly back home to see your family and have to leave Harry in the UK. You wouldn’t see him until after New Year’s after tonight.
If you were sick you would want Harry to come over and make you soup and cuddle and sing to you and kiss your lips that lingered with the taste of cherry cough drops. It would make you feel better, give you something to do, let you actually spend time with your boyfriend in the midst of your busy lives. But, no.
As he opened the door of his black Range Rover, you were speechless. You rested your hand on the inside of the door as he started the car and sighed exasperatedly. You looked at his black boots, not really sure what to say. You didn’t want to look him in the eye, even though you knew he probably wasn’t crying.
“Can I hug you?” His words and his face didn’t match. Sweet, actually quite depressing words, paired with an almost blank expression. Once again, you were confused.
He backed out of his parking spot and drove away a few seconds later.
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It’s been a while since I’ve made a post. I’m going to address one of the most frequently asked questions I receive: How do I give offerings? For some reason, many beginner books don’t dive into the specifics of this religious practice which many are unfamiliar with. Hopefully this will help.
Offerings are given as thank-yous, as little gifts to say that you appreciate the deity’s existence. They don’t have to be expensive, but they should be special in your eyes. For example, I often offer donuts or wine simply because I don’t buy those two things often.
Offerings should be appropriate for the deity you’re giving them to.
You’re allowed to get creative with offerings–in fact, the Gods even prefer that you do!
How often you give offerings in accordance to your practice is up to you.
You may give apology offerings for any offense you think you may have made.
Prayers, songs, playlists, and there intangible gifts still count as offerings.
You do not need an altar to give offerings. You can give offerings anywhere, at anytime.
Simply saying “This is for you” makes the object an offering.
Most food offerings are eaten after being offered. The main exceptions are Greek chthonic deities, and ancestors, in which case you do not eat the offerings. Research your specific pantheon to make sure if eating is appropriate or not.
There is no set amount of time to leave out food offerings. In fact, many worshippers will eat said offerings right after they offer them.
If you do not eat food offerings, you may throw them away, saying something like, “Though I discard these physical offerings, the spiritual offering remains”.
You may also bury the offerings. Make sure that the offerings will not harm the surrounding environment or animals. Do not bury them in a jar or plastic bag.
If you offer herbs, you may either burn them using a charcoal block or cauldron, or you may throw them out/bury them. While burning is certainly traditional in many pantheons, do not feel the need to if you will be bothered by the potent smoke or handling fire.
Liquid offerings are handled in the same way food offerings are, with the exception of oils.
You do not have to drink oils after offering them. (Drinking straight olive oil is pretty gross, and please DO NOT drink harmful essential oils!) I recommend pouring them into the ground outside, or into the trash can.
You may pour liquid offerings into the offering bowl, or, you may keep the liquid offering in a cup. I have a special teacup that I often use for offerings such as tea, but any regular teacup will do. After all, you are offering the liquid, not the cup.
Incense and Candle Offerings:
According to tradition, these offerings must be left to burn out on their own. I recommend lighting small tea light candles for these offerings, as big candles burn for a long time. However, some modern Pagans may blow, rinse, or snuff them out early to prevent a fire hazard.
Make sure to be present while the offering is lit, and make sure nothing catches on fire.
If you are bothered by incense smoke, using an essential oil diffuser or unscented candle works fine.
Although many Pagans recommend incense as a general offering, you do not have to offer it, or any candles, if they bother you.
If you offer a plucked flower, you may leave it on an altar or table until it withers. Afterwards you may throw it away. Basically, you handle it as any other friend would had you given them a plucked flower.
If you offer a growing or potted plant, tend to it as you would your other plants. If it dies, that’s okay. Simply discard it as you would normally. The Gods understand that plants die, and They appreciate the beauty of plants while they last.
For objects such as stones, shells, or family heirlooms, keep them on the altar or somewhere else special. Ideally, you will not need to throw these away. If they get damaged somehow, and if you cannot repair them, you may throw them out, but give an apology offering and try to replace them.
For artworks or crafts, place them on the altar or hang them somewhere. Don’t sell your offerings; they are gifts you gave to the Gods and not yours to sell.
For songs, play or sing them anytime you’d like to connect or give something to your deity.
For writings, you may keep them, or some people might burn them to “send” to their Gods. Whichever way is up to you.
For e-shrines or other technological offerings, keep them saved in their own folder, keep them nice and up-to-date.
For magical tools, such as grimoires or wands that you dedicate, feel free to use them as normal. Just take care of them, and remember to thank the deity you devoted them to once in a while.
For daily or private actions, such as cleaning, giving to others, etc., simply think “This is for you” or send your energy to the God, and finish the action.
You may say prayers out loud, write them down, or simply think them in your mind. All are perfectly legitimate.
I hope I got all of this. Feel free to reblog or message with corrections, since I know I don’t know everything about every pantheon. Have a beautiful day, and have fun worshipping!! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Why the SPN mixtape scene from 12x19 is screenwriting gold, and should be taught to the next generations of screenwriters everywhere - analysis
20 seconds. Two lines of dialogue, three gestures, a couple more camera angles. Episode 19, season 12 of a genre TV show “Supernatural”. A single strike of screenwriting and cinematic genius. The mixtape scene.
Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, I bow before you.
This scene should be used as an example for future screenwriters how you can put maximum of meaning into minimal time and dialogue. Should be analyzed and taught at universities everywhere, how to achieve the most using the least. How to write for TV, where you only have less than an hour to built something spectacular.
Let’s just peel off all the layers of these 20 seconds of footage and these 13 words. 13 WORDS.
(Cas knocks, Dean doesn’t say anything. Cas opens the door, apologizes for disturbing Dean in his room, and then takes a cassette tape out of his left inside coat pocket, and puts it on the desk, while tapping the label on it that says “Deans (sic!) top 13 Zepp traxx”.)
Cas: Um, I just wanted to return this.
Dean: It’s a gift. You keep those.
13 tracks. 13 words. The future. So number thirteen is important for the future. I mean, are you trying to tell us something here, writers?
(Dean takes the tape, oustreches his arm, and gives it back to Cas. We see Cas’ hand grabbing the tape, and taking it back.)
That tiny scene is ENORMOUS from the perspective of the narrative and the characterization. Let’s see what we can get out of it. (Prepare yourself: it’s gonna be long. Damn, how much meta can you write based on 20 seconds of television and two lines of dialogue?) (Hint: A lot.)
Sweet princess, if through this wicked witch’s trick, a spindle should your finger prick… a ray of hope there still may be in this, the gift I give to thee. Not in death, but just in sleep, the fateful prophecy you’ll keep. And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break.
i. they will not appreciate all your gifts, will akin them to
a cat bringing dead mice to their feet. this is fine. everything else you give,
they will find gorgeous. if you are vain enough, give them something of yours
to wear. if you are rash enough, give them something of yours to wear. they
will find it beautiful and every Other will know you’ve claimed that one. be
sure no one else, such as Not-Cat or even the crows, have done the same yet. a
human, no matter their talents, would be worth such a war. you must remember
this, if you see them keeping feathers-blacker-than-night in their
hair/pockets/pouches. you might be able to fool them from another Fair, but, if
the birds have gotten to them, there is no return. best to pick another that
can catch your attention. any of them would start pleased with that.
ii. to appear human while first wooing them is best. you will
need two ears, two eyes, a nose with (only!) two nostrils, 32 teeth, 206 bones,
and about 640 muscles that do not slide or slip or slush. both halves of your
(singular) face must react together, but not mechanically, robotically,
stiffly, or in any manner similar to plastic or silicon. one side of your mouth
must not be higher or lower than the other unless it is a facial expression, of
a half-smile or frown. your eyes must not be too close together, or too far
apart, your ears must be even, the spacing of your
nose-to-eyes-to-ears-to-forehead must all be within a certain ratio. if you
must, watch a good artist space faces to see the estimate. but you must not be
too perfect, either: your teeth not too straight or too white, your nails not
too clean or pristinely cut or without variation, your skin not too
blemish-free. you need some faults in order to appear human. you must maintain solid form at all times.
still, it’s likely they’ll know, regardless. at least, they’ll probably
appreciate the effort. (remember, being seen without protection is even more
telling. keep sugar and pewter/tin/aluminum with you at all times; these will
look enough like salt and iron. it is also advisable you carry ‘offerings,’
even if you never leave them anywhere. creamer cups are most popular.)
I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of stuff being thrown around
about the Raven Queen after the latest Talks Machina, mostly centering around
the speech that could have happened if anyone in VM had tried to argue with the
Raven Queen for Vax’s soul. For simplicity’s sake, just in case anyone hasn’t
seen or read it, this is the speech Matt gave:
“Do you have idea how insignificant you are? You are the
instruments of divinity. Everything you have accomplished is because we gave
you the tools to accomplish it, for goals unforeseen to you that fit our needs
and interests. You are nothing, and yet you come and beseech me this, after all
I have done for you?”
And I get it, it’s incredibly rude! After everything VM has
done, after everything they have bled for, struggled for, lived and died for, to call them insignificant at the moment of their
greatest triumph? It’s a slap in the face right before she takes away someone
who should have gotten the happy ending that everyone else was getting.
But I feel like maybe we’re forgetting a key element of the
Raven Queen in the Critical Role setting.
After the final pages have been posted for Chapter 16, and the whole comic, I will be hosting a livestream to celebrate!
This livestream will involve read-throughs of older chapters, taking requests, sneak peaks to my new comic, and oh, did I mention free stuff?
Giveaways will be awarded to people who show up to the stream, and only those who are in the chat will be eligible to win. To get involved, all you have to do is create a twitch account and join the chat on the day!
I will be giving away multiple booksets (Volumes 1-3!) As well as other merch which I will soon be announcing and releasing to my store. Yay presents!
I want to give these gifts back as a huge thank you to everyone who has been reading, so be sure to mark your calendars and work out what time it will be for you!
2:30 PM PST is an American time Zone, so be sure to keep that in mind!
(It will be 9:30 AM on the 1st of September for New Zealand)
random klance stuff (consider it a sequel of this post):
have a very long, intense conversation about what life was like at the
garrison. they talk about the subjects they disliked, the one they liked
etc. at some point the convo takes a sudden turn and keith gets more
personal as it continues. “i was always on my own i never tried to open
myself up and i’m genuinely sorry
for it. who knows maybe..maybe we could have been friends back there,
maybe…maybe something more.” cue lance smiling because this boy
they come back to earth i imagine keith sort of awkwardly standing to
the side while the other paladins all approach their families until
lance comes up to him like “keith we’re your family never forget that.
by the way….
my family would love if you….spent some time with us….ya know ahahaha….because we’re friends!!!” and keith accepts gladly ofc. *at lance’s house* “aw is this the guy you had a crush on??”
sometimes they’ll try to prank each other but it’s pretty tame compared to actual pranks. lance, holding the space phone in his hands recording keith while he’s eating some food go: hey keith keith: lance…what are you doing? lance: HA YOU’RE ON SPACE CANDID CAMERA! SMILE! btw you’ve got some food goo on your cheek keith: *giggles uncontrollably*
a moment when one tells the other “thank you for believing in
me” followed by one of those kisses where one is surprised at first, but
slowly mets into it
lance rants with red (bc they become buds
along the way) about keith sometimes although the conversation always
ends on the soft side. “keith is cool but don’t tell him i said that”
“lance i’m literally behind you i can hear what you’re saying” lance: *jumps*
on a mission and have to sleep very close to each other and lance
notices that keith talks in his sleep and lance teases him the next day
because he mumbled something along the lines of “today’s the day of me
and lance’s wedding” cue keith blushing furiously (he doesn’t deny it
keith makes lance comb his hair in the morning because
he finds it extremely relaxing, and while he’s at it, he often tells him
about his day or things from his childhood and lance is very pleased to
hear his stories
after they start dating, keith puts a little
picture of him and lance in the black lion, right next to the screen so
that he can be reminded of something that’s very important to him
everytime they go on missions
“lance is irreplaceable, end of the story”
lance asks keith if he got to say goodbye to red bc he’s the only one
who can understand what it’s like to leave the lion you were bonded to
and keith says “no, but i know she’s in good hands. no one could do
better than you” while smiling softly
they confess their feelings at the same time, but both are ready to admit that they should have said it sooner
sometimes they’ll team up to do something goofy, like that one time they involved hunk in making “good luck pidge” videos
finds something to give to lance as a gift and to lance it’s like the
most precious thing in the world “i know it’s nothing specia–” “are you
kidding me? i’m keeping this forever!”
lance: *wakes up keith in the middle of the night* do you think a transformer could beat voltron? keith: go back to sleep babe
an incovenience: *happens* keith: the guy i like wouldn’t treat me like this
lance: well the guy I LIKE wouldn’t treat me like this either! (they’re talking about each other)
know where keith says there’s no time for this? this time he says it
because they have to go on a mission and they can’t cuddle
gotta do the “looking at each other from a distance sadly” at least once
where both are about to say something but get interrupted with the
classic “am i interrupting something” followed by a “ok i’ll leave you
l: “were you going to say something?” k: “uhm well i…hope you have fun”
when! are! we! gonna! see! keith! blush!
i lowkey want a “do you trust me?” scene with them
lance: keith don’t do it keith: ok lance: oh my go— wait…babe
after they start dating keith would often cheer on lance when he’s about to do some of his sharpshooting tricks
keith and lance met at the garrison with the classic “books that fell off trope” and y’all can fight me on this
keith: we had another bonding moment! you cradled me in your arms!! lance: nope, don’t remember, didn’t happen :/
diplomatic party where keith gets extremely distracted by lance
throughout the whole thing and he actually confronts him about it. “dude
what the hell has gotten into you today???” “sorry i was… i was
looking only at one guy in the room the whole time.”
*team plays would you rather*
keith: would you rather me kiss lance or have lance kiss me “keith that’s not…how the game works”
*discussing something* “yeah sure and i’m not cute” “but you are” “exactly“ “ok you got me”
lance would be super in love with keith especially during the very first
days of dating when he can see him in the morning, hair all messy, and he would still think he’s the most beautiful boy he’s
*keiths voice*: if you remember the bonding moment clap your hands
have a discussion where they decide not to talk to each other and use
their friends as a way to communicate. “hey shiro CAN YOU PLEASE TELL
LANCE to stop looking at me? his eyes are
pretty and it’s distracting” “hey hunk TELL KEITH that i ABSOLUTELY do NOT feel the same. like at all.” hunk and shiro: we get it you like each other
keith asking lance on a date for the first time but trying
to be subtle (he fails at it though) “so… y’know….i like spending
time with you…a lot...we’ve gotten pretty close and you’ve
basically stuck with me and saw me at my best and at my worst…i wouldn’t mind if
we…did it more often?”
“oh? sure? we can do something all together! there’s this planet with a
beach th–” “no,no…i meant…just the two of us this time?” lance:
they’d sure as hell acknowledge that they’re a power couple and would be proud of it
“uh?” “i was..talking to red, actually. but you’re beautiful too”
keith: I DON’T LIKE LANCE OK shiro: no one said anyth— keith: WE HAD A BONDING MOMENT I’M FINE
*is telling a plan* lance: where you lead, i will follow you anywhere keith: aw thanks lance that’s so swee– lance: THAT YOU TELL ME TO IF
YOU NEED YOU NEED ME TO BE WITH YOU I WILL FOLL— keith: are you….are
you seriously….. lance: yep;) keith: i love u
with all my heart
Step 1) When the Lord of Light’s ancient tinder brings you a match, swipe right and send a raven to invite him over to your place for some solid knee bending action.
Step 2) Casually drop the kind of dirty talk that works for him, like how you have all the resources to kill White Walkers just lying there on Dragonstone.
Step 3) A fabulous entrance: Shine like a diamond with your perfected Dragon Queen persona. You are the most powerful woman in the world after all.
Step 4) No matter how thick he is, gracefully lay it on him that if he wants to take things slow, at some point in this relationship, there’s going to be some solid knee bending action required on his behalf.
Step 6) If your dad did something super crazy to his family, like maybe gruesomely murder a relative or two, be the bigger person and apologise.
Step 7) Honesty is the key to every successful relationship. Tell him about life experience, your troubles, your issues and your dreams but also be intimidating AF about it.
Step 8) If he still doesn’t get it, offer him a royal suite, a warm bath & supper. He deserves to be pampered like a King.
Step 9) Give him meaningful gifts which are precious to him without expecting anything in return. He’s not your average gold digger, he’s a Drogonglass digger! So just casually give him all your dragonglass mines.
But also be super chill & Queenly about it… Like you aren’t even thinking about checking him out as he walks away.
Step 11) Get to know him. Take interest in his hobbies and interests - dragonglass, caves, ice zombies, fighting & ancient cave paintings featuring those interests. He might be a weirdo, but he’s your weirdo now!
Step 12) Now that he’s shown you some proof of these ice zombies he keeps raving about and he’s looking at you with those big brown direwolf puppy eyes, promise to protect him and his people.
Step 13) But close the distance, speak in a low sultry voice and hope that in this intimate dimly lit setup, he finally understands that now it’s his turn to bend the knee & explore your cave.
Step 14) Stop messing around and call him a ‘King’ in your sexiest voice.
Step 15) Casually invite him into your inner circle, when diplomats are failing you, seek your King’s counsel. #Power Couples Rule
Step 16) Introduce your kids to him now that you are getting serious about him to check if he fares well with children.
Step 17) Subtly try to ask him to take his shirt off. You know, for science, or whatever…nothing fishy here, you’re just curious about how he survived a knife to the heart.
Step 18) Make him jealous when he’s playing too hard to get. You have options, he needs to know that!
Step 19) Shit, jealousy backfired! You didn’t expect him to be this suicidal and competitive. Quick, find the words to express your heartfelt concern for his safety. Whatever you do Dany, don’t say something Queenly…
Step 20) Now that you don’t know if you’ll ever see him again, look at him longingly & let the Queenly mask fall. Come on sweetie, feelings aren’t that hard.
Step 21) When bae needs you, strap on your prettiest coat, get on your dragon and it’s ride or die to save his suicidal ass.
Step 22) You not only lost your child but also your future husband. What’s even the point of anything anymore? Stare into the abyss of the snow covered white waste hoping by some miracle he comes back to you.
Step 23) He returned from the dead & after seeing his sexy scars, you know he’s quite literally done that too. You love & admire him, stop fighting it & take your time sailing back to stay by his bedside as he recovers instead of flying.
Step 24) Now that he evoked your greatest kink & called you his queen, make the move, but in a totally chill & ladylike way.
Step 25) Oh he wants to bone? Right now? This escalated quickly! Since he’s a King in a world obsessed with producing heirs, be completely honest about the future and leave him to decide what he wants when he’s less horny.
Step 26) Now that you’re less angry & more turned on by his public declaration of loyalty for you at the worst possible moment, drop some sexy Valarian quotes on him & show him what a worldly & unburnt last dragon you are!
Step 27) After this magically undead man challenged the legitimacy of your birth control curse, give him a chance to help you make an heir.
Step 28) Make up a totally lame reason to once again take slow transit with him instead of flying so that you can get this “military alliance” successfully up and running, if you know what I mean ;)
Congratulations, the knee is finally bent in the way you wanted it!
Last night at Gaga’s show in Sacramento, I had a backstage experience pass. After me and my group took our photo, she allowed me to pull her aside to tell her a story about my aunt who had passed away three years ago. I told her though she already knows that she helped me as a young kid who was a scared closeted gay with her album Born This Way.. now, as an adult, she helped me heal with Joanne in a very specific personal way that I never expected. I told her about my family and how my aunt’s Lisa’s passing was that moment she talks about in her show that “blasts you so hard you cant remember who you were before.” I then told her in my gift envelope that I had to leave with security, I had one of my aunt’s necklaces that I wanted to give for her to keep it. Gaga then told her people to go get it for her.
When they brought my gift in and she saw that it was pearls, at first she told me she couldn’t take it as it was too special and insisted that she’ll take a picture with me with her wearing them to cherish but I needed to keep them. She put them on and we took the picture together but after I told her I wanted her to have it and it was ok. She teared up and I was trying not to cry in general the whole time so I apologized if I had made her uncomfortable by asking her to take them and she said no it wasn’t that, it just was too special and I’d regret it if I didn’t keep them. I told her that items don’t hold the most special memories of her for my family and that we have a lot of stuff of hers. I told her this represented a significant powerful woman who shaped my mine and my family’s life similarly how she did for me. I said I wanted to represent the women that had a huge effect on both of us, like Joanne, and she should have it because the album helped heal my heart. Eventually, she agreed to keep them after I told her “I’m not much of a pearl girl anyways” and she laughed at me. She asked for my aunts name one more time and I reminded her that it was Lisa. I left the room with her still wearing them.
Then, later in the show she came out on stage wearing them and this happened.
I got a lot of requests for a tentacle story, which is one I’ve be wanting to do! Thank you anons! Keep requesting!
Your cousin came for a visit and gave you a strange potted plant as a gift. She claimed it was a small succulent but you had never seen anything like it before. It came out like thick leaves that formed tightly together into a long cone, going from green to a soft pink color. Your cousin simply told you to keep it watered and sometimes give it sugar water.
You did so, watering it when the soil got dry and once a week you would use the sugar water on it. You weren’t sure how well you could keep it alive, you had never been a plant person. You had tried keeping herbs gardens and even house plants, but that always ended in tragedy. You had even tried planting wildflower seeds and as it did was result in a bald patch in your yard.
You were intent on keeping this little plant alive. You did everything the old ladies at the garden shop told you to do, you even talked and sang to the little plant. You kept it on a clear spot on your windowsill and even switched out the pot for it when you were worried it was getting too small.
Warnings: angst, smut, degrading names, mentions of cheating, dom themes, asshole hoseok
Summary:Jung Hoseok is the devil in Armani. Self-entitled, rich, with striking good looks, there’s nothing he wants for with his parents’ money backing up his extravagant lifestyle. Yet when suddenly he’s forced to find himself a humble girlfriend or say goodbye to his monthly paycheck, he runs into you, lacking everything he possibly looks for in a girl. But he’s desperate, and being desperate makes a man do crazy things.
a/n:tysm to my irl bff @garbageeking for beta-ing for me and providing me with endless sugar!daddy hobi inspo to help me finish this chapter!!! ily!
chime of yet another eager customer ricocheted off of pale yellow
walls, leather booths, and tiled flooring that was worn down with
age. The quaint little shop lacked elegance, yet made up for it with
charm. Watercolor paintings of sea cliffs, dipping waves, and golden
sand hung from every corner of the small cafe, each dated and signed
by a unique signature in the far left corner.
three!” Your father’s gruff voice reminded from the back storage
room, your attention once again redirected to the easily recognizable
and overgrown mop of dusty brown hair, belonging to your best friend,
who wore a forlorn frown, looking especially distressed as he sat
himself into his regular booth. Red leather squeaked under the weight
of his body as he threw himself down onto it, leaning his head
against the cool glass of the large window that overlooked the
crowded sidewalks and busy streets, a long horizon of blue easily
noticeable in the distance.