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The Pootis Match
Once upon a time, there was a young boy named Heavy Weapons Guy who always dreamed of becoming the world's best 'LEETLE MAN DESTOYER'. He trained every day for 10 hours in order to beat his rival, The Invisible Little Spy Menace. The day of the big competition arrived, and Heavy Weapons Guy came armed with a Minigun and his unstoppable determination. They were pitted against each other in a battle of wits, and Heavy Weapons Guy emerged as the RED Team's POOTIS victor! His achievement is celebrated every Pootis Day at Gravelpit.
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso. Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back. There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end). I reach. He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye. When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers. Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine. I follow him out the door.
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