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.


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 #

    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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