Are shoe sizes a thorn in your side when you're trying to look like the excellent person you are? Does it sometimes seem like you have to try on every shoe in the store because the printed sizes aren't useful indicators?
I'd like to suggest finding your European shoe size. All adult shoes are measured in the same size with fewer gendered discrepancies. If it's a 44, by and large, it's a 44.
I've been here for hours—long enough to have a sound sleep, wake, and return to myself.
The others all chose the small companionship of physical proximity. None wanted to chance four hours of closeness with an already-sleeping body that might never wake.
I love it here. No one else seems inclined to brave the dark and the stares of all these empty chairs, not even to use the bathroom just over my shoulder. This space is inviolate.
One of six people, including the driver, hurtling down the road in a bus made to carry almost fifty. The surroundings fly by while we all remain still and silent. All the others are near the front, and it feels so secluded back here that I believe I could do almost anything and no one would know.
There's nothing to do in this dark, empty forest of chairs. This is Charon's ferry.
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