And, esteemed ladies and jellyfishes*, we have lucky number seven today. I took the whole week as a mental vacation and stood by it. Not a single rational thought was produced in the last seven days. If you ask me, it was a difficult task to accomplish, but I am truly that good.
Another snippet from TCOM.
Four or five more bursts of applauses and another elder, a slightly less exalted copy of the first, took her spot to tell the first story of the night.
Marie liked to hear a good tale like anybody else and her eyes and focus zeroed in on the newcomer.
“Darlene is one of the best storytellers, you’ll see.” Cina elbowed Marie. “I’m sure you’ve never heard anybody so good.”
Cina wasn’t exaggerating; Darlene had a gift. The whole time the elder spoke, not a single breath was heard. Darlene’s voice was pleasant enough, but the quality of the narration was what kept everybody glued to the story she was slowly unraveling.
“What a complicated plot, and with so many characters—” Marie shook her head in awe, unable to shush her inner thoughts. “She sure has a great imagination.”
“It is said she’s friend with one of the guards…”
“Oh, do you mean…?” Marie lowered her voice to a whisper.
“I mean what you’re thinking. Darlene has special permission to watch TV with her pure breed friend.”
“I’d give anything to watch a TV show again.” Marie’d had a glimpse of a television show once at the Institute and sighed at the memory.
*loosely stolen from Eddie Izzard, one of the funniest men on earth.