May. 25th, 2011

zukkokya: (power couple)
The Meetings of the Same Two People Across Nine Universes

April
24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

He asks the guy leaning over the railing of the observation deck to take a photo of him with his friends and shivers when the guy smiles at him and says, "Sure," like he's answering an entirely different question.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

She takes the turn too tightly, every second lost pounding in her veins like a thunderclap, and her right handlebar snags in some pedestrian guy's jacket pocket. They both go down and from a tangled sprawl on the ground, both of them yell, "Frack!" and stare at each other.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

She reaches out to catch the girl's carry-on as it falls from the overhead compartment. The girl jumps up from her seat, squawking and apologizing in the same sound, which is kind of adorable and simultaneously impressive. Together, they wrestle the bag back into its spot, bare forearms brushing.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

He hands her a ticket to the 4:30 show along with the change from her one hundred kroner note, and she tucks it all away into her steampunk-style wallet and walks away without once looking at him.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

She sees him walking toward her on the other side of the sidewalk and thinks, Wow, and checks her reflection in a store window as she passes it. He sees her looking at her reflection, smiles, and looks away, the curve of his mouth relaxing back to neutral. She looks back at him, sees his impassive expression, and thinks with a sinking heart, Oh. Of course not.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

The blond guy is the only one in the room who isn't warming up or fidgeting. Instead, he's biting the legs off of a gummy octopus and quietly improvising the octopus's pleas for mercy, and it's only too easy to sit next to him and ask, "Are you going for the lovable weirdo angle?"

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

They collide in a pond of colored light from a stained glass window of Notre Dame, a girl in tie-dye purple jeans and a girl reading Dorian Gray translated into Spanish.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

He toes off his shoes at the door and informs the household in a shout that there's a weird-looking bike in the driveway. He cuts himself off when he walks into the kitchen and sees a foreigner in a rugby jersey grinning at him over the lip of a cup from the set reserved for special guests.

April 24th, 2004. Tuesday. 04:02:42

Her hair is one monstrous tangle, but as she's turning to go inside so she can hide from the ocean wind thrashing against her, she sees on the opposite railing a girl with long black hair and a slim, laughing mouth, her arms stretched into the wind like wings and how can a person be alone and yet look so comfortable looking so strange? And then the laughing eyes that match the laughing mouth meet hers, and all she can stammer is, "Aren't you...cold?"

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