Filed under: Chapter 13 | Tags: Audubon Autobahn, Aveda, cassette, Cineplex, Fiona Apple, Flowbee, Forever 21, goths, Gymboree, Hammond, Jerry Lee Lewis, Josh Bates, Kevin Wilder, Lifeway, Organ Antics, PacSun, Some New Trend, Star Wars/Trek, The Disney Store, Vincent Price
WHILE JUNE FINISHES FILLING OUT W2s, Bryanna and I sit outside Hot Topic and wait. I observe my hand. The automatic movement: gone. Before my existence was recognized by Bryanna—and long before I could detect any admiration in my senses for June—I’d been tap-tapping my fingers on my Levi’s with the maniacal twitches of a crack addict (only difference being the worst substance abuse of my life was the time I chewed and swallowed an entire pack of gum in a single morning.) Where insecurities were, a tiny amount of courage now grows. It’s small, but feeding and taking up camp. Hopefully forever.