But as I said, I was reading The Neverending Story when a gentleman I work with (upon occasion) came upon me, and noticing the colored text, asked, “Why is that book written in two different colors?”
Annoyed at being interrupted, I asked, “Hm?”
“The text,” he clarified, “is printed in different colors.”
I gave him a long cold stare before asking in my slowest slow drawl, “Really?”
“Yes,” he assured me, failing entirely to pick up on the oh-so-thick sarcasm that had been laced through my response.
Fighting my to urge to scream, I asked, pointing, “This text? You think that this text is printed in a strange color?”
“Well,” he hedged at my uncertainty, “Strange colors.”
“There are multiple colors now?” I asked, trying to sound as (sarcastically) shocked as I could. Still, he failed to catch the fact that I was poking fun at none other than himself.
“Yes!” he insisted.
I allowed him to stew as I leisurely studied the pages lying open in front of me before casually suggesting, “If I were you, I’d make an appointment to get my eyes checked.” I turned to answer a ringing phone, seeming, I am sure, to have forgotten him entirely.
He stood over my shoulder for a few moments, gawking at the text still splayed open in front of him before walking away shaking his head.
Now, he couldn’t have really believed me, could he?
I almost think that he did.
“When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.” ~Gmork the werewolf in Ende’s The Neverending Story
The 5 Dirtiest Little Secrets Of Jamalyn:
5. I enjoy Rurouni Kenshin.
4. I dislike opera.
3. My all-time favorite food is broccoli.
2. I often regret knowing the people I know.
1. I not only listen to NPR, I actually laugh along with “Wait, wait, don’t tell me.”
J. Washington Irving