Good Narrative Principles

Ill Will


IMG_9226The origin of the ill will the Guy who owned the bodega directs at this one customer, a seemingly kindly Older Woman, stretches way back to the ‘80’s. It was a blistering hot summer day. The AC was cranked up to February. The Woman, who wasn’t an Older Woman yet, popped open a can of Diet Coke then refused to pay for it, claiming, it had gone bad. “Taste it” the woman insisted and left in a huff. Lonely, she now visits the store every day, hoping for a friendly exchange about the weather, Donald Trump or the still broken street light. Instead, she’s met regularly with stony silence. She has no memory of the inciting incident. But he does.

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