365 Ficlets – Day #327 ~ “A Nation of Shopkeepers…”

“Morning, Cal!”

I wave from behind the counter. Jimmy, like many of my customers, is almost always jolly when I see him. I often wonder if he and the others are quite so jolly after they have left the shop with their papers and their cigarettes and other sundries that I provide to their lives.

“Turned out nice again, eh Cal?”

Molly never says anything different, and after having her as a customer for nearly ten years I know to simply add a ten-pack of Marlboro Lights to the total for the copy of the Guardian and the pack of sugar free gum that she has placed on the counter as an accompaniment to these unchanging, empty words.

Shopkeepers know all too well that the greater share of human interaction is fleeting and meaningless, but I always try to remember how precious it is to me when I have a regular customer that will actually step beyond platitudes and linger for a few moments to share an opinion or better still, really care about mine.

As Molly and Jimmy leave I tidy the counter and wait for Susan to call in.

Sad News…

Andy Hallet has succumbed to Congestive Heart Failure

(click here for BBC News Article)

I loved his portrayal of Lorne, and I loved the songs; I am so happy that I have him on the Angel Soundtrack singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” and I have the Angel DVDs to remember this fabulous talent that was mostly overlooked by people outside of fandom.

If heaven has a Karaoke Bar, then if there is any justice in the world it looks like Caritas crossed with The Mint and Andy gets to sing as himself or Lorne, whenever he likes 🙂

May the song be forever sung…