In moments when the silence breaks.
  1. "Everything's 20 percent off."
    Woman who owns the bookstore ducked her head out to let me in on the sale. Felt startled and delighted.
  2. "Don't be sorry. I'm just meandering."
    Apologized to teenage boy for being in the way. Felt stuck on the word meandering. My brain went back to hunting for another treasure.
  3. "*long sigh* I didn't find anything." – brown hair boy to brown hair girl
  4. "Did you read Patrimony?" – my brother
  5. Items to purchase: Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin, Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  6. "James Baldwin. Good choice."
  7. "You were looking for her (Anaïs Nin) last time. When this came in I thought of you."
    Surprised she remembered. The incident happened 4 months ago.
  8. No comment for Philip Roth. I don't know how the woman feels about him.
  9. "Please come back. The sale is going to continue."