at 16:58pm on 6 September in Marrickville Library, a pair of thick, worn, brown loafers replaced the Asian butt that had been previously occupying the chair.

the owner of these big shoes belonged to a large lady, whose entrance into the (silent) Study Room was heard by all who overheard her phone call.

she wears headphones and an olive green t-shirt. as someone who takes pains to preserve social undisturbance, it fascinates me and humbles me to encounter people who transcend such qualms/worries, by habit, by choice.

i leave for gelato at 17:21, a few seconds after her buzzing, tinkling ringtone sings its delicate scream.

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