It is morning and the sun has not yet risen as I walk to the kiosk, the mild temperatures herald a bright day.
The shopkeeper sits in an office chair in the blue neon light behind the counter, next to him a four-year-old boy. Mesmerized, they both look at the rather high up television set – the Japanese are being gunned down, in due accordance to their prior cruelties. Late last night these two were already bravely holding the fort and watching something else. As I set two drinks on the counter the shopkeeper checks the wares, one eye barely noticeably detaches itself from the television set and he announces the resulting sum – this time it is 7. He takes 7, again his eyes aim narrowly past me, towards the television set hanging behind me. I stay a bit longer and take a closer look at the man – his hair is severely combed back with oil or something similar. The comb furrows are still clearly visible, a pale-sallow face, there is something amphibian-like about him, a yellowish-white liquid drips from his ear onto his shirt collar, he takes no notice.
I think about touching his face, but get distracted by a pain in my heel and at the same time I see a young woman wearing a security uniform walk by outside – I go after her.
She wants to take the bus out of the city. As we wait for our bus a woman across the street dumps a can of trash into an overly full dumpster, much of the innards falling splat on the street, the bus arrives. We spend a lovely day in the countryside.