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Cruising and Perusing
Topic Started: Jun 4 2015, 07:17 PM (847 Views)
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((Henry Spencer, pregame start))

A good comic book was like...well, it was like something. It was a book but with more pictures, and that pretty much summed it up. But surely there was a decent simile/metaphor for a good comic book. He could say that both a comic book and the human eye were full of humor, as in vitreous humor, but he wasn't sure comic books were always funny. He didn't read them a lot, really.

Which reminded Henry, why was he here, again? Well, excellent question, inner self. He was at Larson's because his copy of "House of Leaves" appeared to have been misplaced. Not lost, Henry never lost things. But it was currently missing, so while he awaited its return he wanted to reread it. But since he didn't have one at the moment, he needed to buy a new copy. Target didn't seem to have it in stock, so Henry took a long shot to check the comic store. Long shot. What a clever idiom, accurate and...idiomatic. Was that a word? Possibly.

Regardless, Henry had gotten slightly distracted in the story. Just a wee bit, though. He could stop browsing the graphic novels. After all, House of Leaves wasn't a graphic novel. But he was increasingly intrigued by some of them, though so far he was disappointed by the distinct lack of really creepy settings and stories. Where was the horror genre representation? Honestly, Henry ought to protest the-oh hey someone else was here!

Henry totally knew Samuel. Well, he'd seen the taller boy around, for sure. At school, yes, definitely. Quiet guy, upperclassman, Henry didn't know much about him but he was probably friendly. "Hey! What'cha looking at?" He asked loudly to get the other boy's attention before standing up on tiptoe to see past the other boy's broad shoulders.

Oh! That was a good simile. A good comic book was like a linebacker; it blows you away! Haha, that was pretty clever.
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Oh, Henry startled him. Oops.

"Oh, cool!" He said. "What's it about?" Already he was imagining knights fighting with hedges, knights fighting hedges, knights and hedges in general. He had no idea what it was about! It sounded neat, though, so he figured it was probably cool and involving both knights and hedges. Duh.

"Oh, forgive me. Samuel, right? I'm Henry! It's a pleasure." Henry considered offering a handshake, but that was too formal and weird. Henry liked weird, but not that kind of weird. So no handshake. "What brings you to this fine establishment of...comics?" Just then, Henry got distracted by the presence of another person he knew.

"Oh, hi Kimiko!" He called, waving to the nearby girl. He knew Kimiko, of course; she was mute, Taiwanese and a gymnast or something like that. She seemed nice, though she was older than him so they didn't interact much. Still! Best not leave her out. "Do you like comics? I didn't know you did."

His desire for House of Leaves forgotten, Henry now had a new goal; all the new people!
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Kimiko's reply was pretty subdued, but Henry totally got that. It wasn't like she could, you know, say anything. She wasn't about to reply with the same volume Henry normally would have, or like, any volume. That'd be a big surprise if his mere presence invoked speech in the mute. He'd have to be like, Goth Jesus or something. That'd be pretty weird. Goth Jesus was like, an antonym or something.

Wait. That wasn't the right word. What was it? Jumbo shrimp, cold sweat, baked Alaska...oh, damn it, he couldn't remember.

So yeah, a smile and wave was totally cool.

Henry smiled at her, then returned to Samuel's conversation. If Kimiko had something to add, she certainly could. She'd probably have to get his attention, but that was fine. Henry was good at that sort of thing. Usually. "Ah, I see. That's pretty interesting. Well, setting-wise I guess. I've never really been into that series. Not dark enough."

Henry paused for a moment. "Well, it's pretty dark from what I've heard. Just not dark in the way I like it, I guess. Like, people die and stuff but there's not enough creepy stuff. It's just like gory and tragic and that's kinda annoying 'cause then it's like 'well what was the point?' you know? Anyway, I'm here for...well, mostly the same reason. Not big on comics either."

With a shrug, Henry looked back over at Kimiko. "So I guess you're the resident comic book expert. What's a good horror and/or supernatural comic I could look into?" He also needed to find House of Leaves. "Oh, and where would they have the regular books?" Wait, that sounded bad. "Well, not 'regular' but the traditional ones, with words on pages instead of pictures."

Satisfied with his contribution to discussion, Henry waited for their responses while trying to remember that word. Wasn't it something to do with...no, that wasn't it. Oh, oxymoron! That's it! Goth Jesus, oxymoron extraordinaire!
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Ooh, Hellraiser sounded neat. Henry would have to check it out. Plus those others, but Hellraiser stood out somehow. Hmm...It struck him as odd that Kimiko didn't use one of those text-to-voice translator things. Those existed right? He might ask later on. Anyway, she was pretty helpful about the comics.

"Aw, yeah. I should check there later!" Henry said in response to Samuel's comment. He probably should've figured. That was annoying. "I'm looking for a specific book, you guys heard of "House of Leaves? I had a copy but it got-er, it disappeared." Henry didn't lose things, after all. Established facts, people, c'mon, pay attention.

"Oh, anyway, I'll look there later. I think I said that already, anyway though, what ah, what else is new with you guys? Enjoying your...senior stuff?" Henry didn't know what seniors did. Probably college planning and stuff, super boring college planning. The next level of preparatory boredom. He felt bad for them.

"What do you plan on doing when you graduate?" He asked.
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Henry nodded eagerly. "Okay, cool! Good luck getting into the Olympics, Kimiko. It's nice that in modern times girls can do Olympic sports and stuff, originally in ancient Greece you had to be a man which is totally BS am I right?" Kimiko would probably be inclined to agree. After all, she was a girl.

Turning to Sam, Henry was slightly less enthusiastic but still pretty enthusiastic. Playing favorites wasn't cool. "That's cool too, Sam! I dunno if I'm gonna do the whole, "college education" thing either, but we'll see. Good luck with your...job thing!"

"Oh, anyway, as for myself, I graduate next year. I dunno what I'm gonna do, I like horror and stuff so maybe I'll write horror novels. I don't like writing very much though, maybe I can be an actor who does horror? I don't like theater either, though." Henry paused and rubbed his chin thoughtfully. "I dunno, I kind of have to think about it. But whatever, I've got time."

Henry offered a big grin. "You guys don't have as much time, though, so it's good you figured it out! Soon you'll be graduating, and getting jobs, if you don't have one I guess, you might, but you'll go to college, well one of you will, and all sorts of stuff! I bet it'll be fun."

Suddenly, a distraction appeared. Henry glanced over at the shelf, and spotted a graphic novel with tentacles on it. "Oh, cool, "Fall of Cthlulhu"! What's it about..." Henry grabbed the comic off the shelf and started delving into it.
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Hmm, looked like a graphic novel. Cool. Was it really about Cthlulhu? it certainly looked to be. That was excellent, he was always looking for new mythos stuff. His nose buried in the novel, Henry idly wandered off from the other two towards the chairs, completely lost in the fascinating story that tantalized from within.

So distracted by this fascinating discovery, Henry didn't look up until the others were long gone.

((Henry Spencer continued in Having Fun Isn't Hard))
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