A pair of teenagers. Came into the shop looking and looking and remembering the last time they’d been here, which was ages ago. They looked around kindly at everything, liking it still. After a long talk together in Fantasy and Science Fiction, he brought a book to the counter and asked my permission to buy it. It was $5, but he paid ten. Then he gave me another ten; ‘This is for you. It’s something extra.’
The girl looked him and took his arm, pleased.
I said, ‘Maybe get yourself another book? Lots in there.’
He was reluctant, but he did; held it up for me to see as they went out of the door, ‘Thank you, thanks so much.’
Painting by Lena Rivo