But probably I’ll see her another day in Coles

2 Dec

I have been followed for five days now, by that moment

at the end of the conversation

which started

when the woman (who used to be a girl) said to me as I was paying for my book,

‘are you ThirdCat?’

and I said ‘yes’

and she was standing at my right, and the counter was to my left

so that I was caught between two conversations, both constructed of simple words but less obvious relations

and she said – at the same time as I – ‘we were at school together’

and her skin is not as soft as mine, but I am carrying more weight

and then she said ‘I saw you on television’

but because of the conversation to my left there was an immodest pause before I said ‘what are you doing these days’

when I could have said you let me borrow your Sweet Dreams books or I liked the way you signed your name and the colour of your hair.

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11 Responses to “But probably I’ll see her another day in Coles”

  1. elsewhere December 2, 2007 at 4:54 pm #

    But what about the bubble writing and shading on her school projects?

  2. ThirdCat December 2, 2007 at 7:40 pm #

    HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT?
    Also the borders on her title pages…

  3. suse December 2, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    And the way she dotted the i in her name with a heart.

  4. tut-tut December 2, 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    Aah; one’s past pops up when least expected . . .

  5. fifi December 3, 2007 at 11:12 am #

    and her derwent pencils…I’ll bet she had the whole box.

  6. ampersandduck December 3, 2007 at 11:13 am #

    I spend weeks rethinking conversations…

    …but I couldn’t write them down. You have a great knack with dialogue.

  7. elsewhere December 3, 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    She just sounded like One of Those Girls. You know, how like I’m not The Chosen.

  8. HHH December 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    Who cares about old school chums, you’ve been on TV!!! Whoot, TV!

  9. Mikhela December 5, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    Yes, and being on TV beats carrying less weight hands down.

    Not that you would be competitive with someone who sounds like a perfectly nice girl.

    Did you read the Jessica-and-Elizabeth books as well? Was it Sweet Valley High?

  10. Ariel December 7, 2007 at 4:35 pm #

    What &D said about rethinking conversations!

    Ah, it’s Adelaide, you’re bound to run into her again, you know. This post perfectly captures nostalgia mixed with girlhood; girlhood before you notice boys in a big way.

  11. h&b December 10, 2007 at 6:28 am #

    Larissa signed her ‘i’ with a stawberry, not a heart.

    We competed in Home Science. I won.
    She became School Captain.

    I wonder if she thinks about me too …..

    I doubt it 🙂

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