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Being a degenerate is okay these days
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((Min-jae Parker Pregame Start))

The good thing about working on Saturdays was that most of the time the theater was practically empty until later in the afternoon, so all Jae really had to do was show up and make sure the popcorn machine was working and then wait around for the few families being dragged to a matinee by their kids. He didn't even have to show up first thing in the morning to open up (you had to be at least 18 for that so-called privilege), so he could afford a few minutes to lean around the side of the building and have a cigarette, out of view of the road and parking lot.

Jae took a long drag and let a breath out slowly, leaning his head back against the brick to watch the smoke curl up against the blue of the sky. It was a nice image, simple and sort of dreamy, and he mentally filed it away to possibly try and re-create later.

Ten minutes until his shift started, and he wasn't exactly feeling the work ethic today. The second half of the school year would have been hectic enough without work, and the opportunity to take some quiet time like this was becoming less and less common, it felt like. Tests and projects and the up-coming school art exhibition were one thing, but the sudden interest all the adults around him seemed to have taken in his life was another.

("So where are you going to college? ...Well, it's getting a little late to still be unsure about that, don't you think?"

Bite me.)

Seven minutes. He probably ought to head inside, take care of any problems behind the snack counter so that they didn't pop up later in his shift and cause trouble.

Jae took another drag and held it this time. Yep, he should probably go on in.

He let the smoke slip out in little wisps and stayed where he was. Six minutes.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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