C’mon… we’ve all had that one time. (Or… if you’re like me… MULTIPLE times.)
Most of the time, reading in public is no trouble at all.
It’s almost as if you were still back at home all snuggled up in bed with a cup of tea reading. Almost.
But sometimes… we’ve all had those moments where things just get all kinds of awkwaaaaard.
Because awkward is forever.
Like that time when you’re reading along happily and you reach an incredibly EMOTIONAL scene, and you can’t help but wanna unleash your feels.
CAN’T HOLD IT IN.
BUT… there are alllll these random people around you.
“Control your emotions!” You tell yourself, but it just clearly isn’t happening.
Yet you can’t help it. The book’s too damn emotional. YOUR FAV CHARACTER JUST DIED FOR GOD’S SAKE.
WHAT TO DO WHAT TO DO
So you do what you gotta do… and bring on the tears.
Though do it quietly. You don’t want to attract, that much attention.
And then you quickly try to act natural about it.
No biggie. You know how it is, getting a branch in your eye! Stupid branches! *waves fist at the trees menacingly*
But despite your efforts, everyone around you are all looking at you like
(Clearly they don’t know what they’re on about)
But whatever, right? NO ONE MATTERS. APART FROM THE BOOK. So you continue to sob and wail.
The dribble, the snot, the everything. And all the tissues.
And then that one kind person stops and dares to approach and ask if you’re okay.
DOES THIS LOOK OKAY TO YOU 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Which just makes you cry more.
And because you can’t say anything through the tears, you just grab them and hug ’em tight.
But then they peel you off a few seconds later and subtly slink away, completely shaken.
“What a freak!” They mutter to themselves as they think about what just happened.
And that obviously makes you just want to cry 1000 oceans because HOW DARE THEY SAY THAT.
They obviously don’t UNDERSTAND.
Soon, you decide it’s time to go back home to eat some therapeutic ice-cream straight out of the container.
That’s right, cover those emotions!
And then everything starts to seem alright again.
But then you’re suddenly reminded of that book you read earlier where your favourite character got killed…
And the cycle just keeps on repeating…
So tell me – do you cry over fictional deaths? Have you ever cried over a fictional death in public? And most importantly: WHAT IS YOUR THERAPEUTIC FEEL-GOOD FOOD? (You can totally tell from the post that mine is ice-cream, heh…)
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