by Raechel Henderson
Jodi kneels on the floor taking inventory of musty, used books when she feels someone approach and tower over her. She doesn’t mind the interruption because the books are starting to whisper to her again. When she looks up she bares her neck to the customer. “Your Lucy complex is showing again,” Victor, the shop owner and her boss, says from where he’s building new shelves into the ceiling. Jodi pays him as much attention as the books.
For an instant Jodi and the customer, a boy of sixteen or seventeen, take stock of each other, looking for indicators they might be people who share common interests.
The boy wears standard neo-goth attire–lots of black and dripping in chains–but his costume can’t hide his white-bread good looks. He’d be better suited to a band or school or fast food uniform. Like her, he is an imposter. She imagines the two of them riding a train through the Carpathians under a full moon. He mumbles something to her, more of a long sigh than communication.