Thursday, February 26, 2015

Week in Seven Words #245

Sometimes I'll walk somewhere without any particular purpose, and I'll find something I didn't know I needed. In this case, it's a book, and its contents are so relevant to me I spend most of the day carrying it around and peeking into it when I get the chance.

In a moment of childish temper, a middle-aged woman strikes another older woman on the back. People gasp. She pretends not to notice their dismay, but hurries out soon after, her face tight with the knowledge that no one will ever see her the same way again.

Light-headed elation as sunset draws the day down.

Bundled up on the sofa while the clock ticks and traffic murmurs.

They're back - the spindly, perfumed twins who dress like they've stepped out of a steampunk novel. The backs of their hands betray their age, but in other ways they're young; they share a seat and adjust each other's hair.

Feet clad in cold damp tights. A chill seeps through the door.

Cold rain snaking into the sleeves of my poncho.


Brian Joseph said...

Books may very well be the best random little things to find. I too have purchased books and could not help but sneak glances at their contents throughout the day.

I had never heard the word patchouli before. I needed to look it up :)

The Bookworm said...

I like the image you create with patchouli and I love it when 'found' happens.
Enjoy your weekend.

Relyn Lawson said...

I found myself gasping as I read "lashed". Oh no. Poor, sad impulsive woman. She ruined quite a bit with that action. Not so much the action as the lack of an apology.

bibliophilica said...

My winner for this round is "Patchouli", which first heard in the great Al Stewart song "The Year of the Cat" (early 80s? late 70s?).

Always fun to read your seven words. :-)

HKatz said...

@ Relyn - yeah, the lack of apology probably ruined her reputation completely when it might have possibly been salvageable.

@ Jay - thanks, and I'm going to look up that song. I forget where I first came across 'patchouli.'