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CW9- The Cafè

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Victoria

Sitting down at a small table in a corner of the mall coffee shop, Victoria let out a sigh of relief. She breathed in the tantalizing aroma of her caramel macchiato and welcomed this moment of seclusion. Life had felt strangely shallow of late; her friends and family seemed more distant than ever, and no one really understood her any more. Yet, she felt that she had no right to complain; after all, Victoria’s life was not a bad one. She had never gone through anything truly traumatizing, and, even if she couldn’t afford her college of choice, she wasn’t exactly bad off in the way of money. Still, she longed for simpler days when friends had time to “hang out”; when family matters were childishly joyful; and when depression didn’t overcome her so easily.

Glad to remove her focus from her own fading life, Victoria lapsed into her favorite pastime: coffee-drinking and people-watching. So many faces, she thought as the café bustled around her, what they doing? Where are they going? Do they even know, or are they lost like me?

Toby

“Eww! Coffee is gross!” little Toby complained to his mom as they entered the aromatic shop. He wrinkled his nose with disgust.  “There’s an ice cream shop across the mall,” he said hopefully, looking up at his mother with pleading eyes.

“But it’s so cold today,” came her response, “you’d get all chilly. Besides, I could really use some caffeine.”

Disappointed, Toby tried holding his breath to block the unpleasant scents. Unable to keep it up for long, he was forced to inhale the noxious fumes. Coughing and spluttering as if his very life was being choked, he began to plead with his mom to have mercy on him. Before he could utter the words, his mom broke in.

“They have hot cocoa and cookies here,” she said hastily.

His ailment suddenly disappearing, Toby exclaimed, “Oh, they do?! Can I have some? A great big cup of cocoa—with marshmallows on top!”

“I suppose,” his mom smirked, “if you’re sure you’d rather not have coffee …”

“Blech, blech!” he gagged. Stretching his arms out, he said slowly, “Zombie Toby no want coffee. Zombie Toby want… cookies!”

His eyes lighting up, Toby ran to the covered display and flattened his face against the glass, blissfully unaware of the attention he drew from those around him. The little-boy heart filled with joy as he viewed the many choices.

“They’re all so yummy-looking!” he sighed. How could life get any better?

Jennifer

Oh gosh, why do there have to be so many people? Jennifer moaned to herself as she pushed through the crowd into the café. After a long day of stressful work, being around more people was the last thing she wanted. A little boy ran past her, unsettling her nerves. She scowled after him, watching in disgust as he dirtied up the display-case glass. Ugh, such nuisances children are. So loud and messy…and why does this old woman have to move so slow?!

An elderly lady standing in line in front of Jennifer eased her way up to the counter, causing the younger woman much aggravation by her lack of haste. Pressing her fingers against her temples, Jennifer took deep breaths in and out, telling herself that all this misery would end as soon as she ordered her coffee and walked out.

As her turn came, she tartly demanded her large mocha. Walking to the other end of the counter to wait impatiently for her drink, she squirmed under the observant gaze of another young woman who sat nearby. What is she staring at? Jennifer asked herself, feeling as if the other girl was trying to see right through her. One of those nosy types, I guess, she grunted, as she grabbed the mocha that had been placed on the counter and hurried out.

Agnes

Grandmotherly Agnes made her way through the busy mall café full of young, vibrant people. While her daughter and grandchildren busied themselves in a shop next door, Agnes had decided to buy a little treat for her dear ones. She reviewed her grandchildren’s preferences while she stood in line, Now, Abby likes those fancy doughnuts with sprinkles, but Neal would rather have something spicy, like gingerbread. Ash is too young to have much of an opinion, but I suppose he’ll be content with a simple sugar cookie.

Agnes grinned with understanding as a young mother and little boy caught her attention. She remembered her own days as a first-time mother, and felt blessed that she could relive it so many years later through her precious grandchildren.

Turning her thoughts to her daughter, she tried to recall what coffee drink she liked best. Was it mocha-something? Or peppermint? Ah, no, it’s vanilla! Agnes’ eyes twinkled; vanilla certainly embodied Charlotte: warm, sweet, and exciting, all at the same time. Sort of like what that girl in the corner should look like, she thought as she observed the young lady,  if only she didn’t seem so… scared. Their eyes met and both smiled as the two people-watchers saw in each other one of their own kind. There now, Agnes felt satisfied with the girl’s brightened face, that’s much better.

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J9- When I Run

this week the assignments mostly focus on perspective and description. i chose a common event in my life to take a fresh perspective on: playing fetch with my German Shepherd, Titus. i cannot even begin to explain how much this dog loves to run. he doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him, only pure muscle. as large and powerful as he is, he’s still a sweet-heart and will always be my baby. 

I braced my feet, adrenaline pumping through my veins. With anticipation giving me an edge, my body tensed as I restrained a yelp of excitement. My eyes trained on the racetrack and the goal at the other end; I shot my glance back to my Beloved. Her word and her word alone would send me careening down the beaten path at top-speed. Sensing my agitation, my Beloved spoke calming words lest I take off prematurely and spoil the whole effect.

“Titus,” she said softly but firmly, “wait.”

Letting my body relax ever so slightly, I let out an anxious sigh. Why did I tremble with such anticipation? Because speed is one of the things for which I live. To run is to be free, and to run is what I was made for. My mind is wired for the adrenaline, and my body is built for efficiency. I am shockingly thin and bony, yet incredibly muscular and powerful. If I had the distinct intention to do so, I could knock the very life out of a full-grown man. But I say that running is only one of my main driving forces because I treasure something else even more: the approval of my Beloved. Hence the reason that I awaited her command rather than acting on my own druthers. As I gazed into her eyes with feverish excitement, begging her to set me free, she raised her arm and pointed in the direction of my goal. The she uttered the words for which I longed:

“Titus, fetch!”

Oh what an indescribable moment! That moment when mind and body are set loose.   The ground flies beneath my feet as if it does not exist; the wind rushes past my speeding body like a tornado; and I—I feel nothing but the desire to run.

Titus, doing his thing

All this passes in a few seconds. As I reach my goal, I snatch it up in my mouth and give it a squeeze to ensure that the squeak is satisfactory. Returning to her-whom-I-adore, I relinquish the ball to her hand and delight in her words of acclamation. With a strong arm, my Beloved heaves the ball back down the yard, commands me to sit, and the whole thrilling process starts over again.

“Gentlemen, I believe God made me for a purpose; He also made me fast, and when I run I feel his pleasure.” — Eric Liddel