My head was giving off some amount of heat when I was in work this evening. You could have had a fry-up on it! I had spent a lot of time in the sun earlier on in the day so I reckon it absorbed a lot of heat from walking around; kinda like those solar panel bins that are all around the city centre.
Most of my shift involved me sitting on a chair. While there, I was approached by a mother and her daughter.
The daughter asked me a question that had nothing to do with books.
Doris: “Why is there tape all on the floor?”
Me: “That’s to keep it together.”
She looks slightly disappointed by my answer.
Me: “You were hoping for a more magical answer, weren’t you?”
She says nothing.
Her mother is also silent until I process the sale and give her the change.
Madeline: “Oh! Look at the new fiver. I was utterly shocked when I got a new one. Did they not tell anyone they were bringing them in?”
Me: “They mentioned it on the news and I’m sure they went on about it in the papers.”
Madeline: “I wouldn’t know anything about the papers. I don’t read them.”
She turns to her daughter.
Madeline: “Did Tony—I can only assume the Tony is the husband—mention anything about the new fivers?”
Doris: “I don’t know, he doesn’t talk to me.”
Madeline: “Waste of time the papers.”
She laughs and walks off.
Not long after her a girl approaches me buying a classic book.
Liz: “Is this book any good?”
Me: “Do you want my opinion or the opinion of someone trying to sell a book?”
Liz: “Eh, yours.”
Me: “I hated it! You could figure out what was going happen fairly early on.”
Liz: “What was that?”
Me: “It would only ruin it if you plan on reading it.”
Liz: “No, please, go on.”
Me: “Well, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy hate each other, then they resolve their differences and get married.”
Liz: “Oh, that doesn’t sound that interesting at all.”
Me: “Oh, it doesn’t, no.”
She goes on her way without buying anything.
I can only imagine how Madeline keeps up with current affairs; if she does at all. What kind of father was Tony? They kind that ignores his child I suppose. As for Liz…maybe I shouldn’t have been too honest about her choice of book. She did ask though. And when people ask me for my honest opinion I tend to be very forthcoming with it. I wonder if that’s why she didn’t buy the book? #BaldManProblems.