December 18th, 2009

Chiaki is making a sadface

School Building

There is some mild surprise among the residents of Perkins Township that the next plan for expanding the high school building is to finally build a new one. The current high school has been in use since it was only what is now the history and art wing, and served students of all grades.

It's grown slowly over the years, a wing here, an auditorium there. It's a grotesque and strangely attractive hodgepodge of roof heights and corners and courtyards that are rarely used. There are bricked-in window frames that extend from the top half of the band room walls to the middle of the choir room walls above. Ramps and flights of five stairs are scattered about, connecting the parts of the school at ground level to the parts that are not.

There is something of the Winchester Mansion to the way the building has slowly grown in bits and bobs, with no seeming care to how they connect to what was already there.

There is some serious surprise among select residents of Perkins Township that the next plan for expanding the high school building is to finally build a new one. They all moved away shortly after learning this.
Bin Bons Default

The Kindness of Strangers

Most of the old houses in the city are now cut up and rented in parts. To reach the upper apartment you have to walk up a steep, long and cramped flight of stairs. Most of these are open for the public.

It isn't uncommon to see people sitting on these stairs. People sheltering from the never ending rain, kids sitting down to have a smoke or drifters resting their tired legs.

This person is no different. He or she will sit on the stairs seemingly lost in thought. There is something sad about them, though you're not quite sure why you think that. They seem lonely. You almost feel sorry for this random stranger.

But they are blocking your way to the door at the end of the stairs and you want to get inside, to your warm home. As you step forward they will look up at you and ask for a small favor. Something that in no way would inconvenience you. Maybe they'll ask for a lighter for their cigarette or directions to the nearest bus stop.

You don't have to help them at all. You can walk right through them as if they were a ghost. But when you look back at them, you'll see that their mood has changed. They still seem sad, but could it be that they feel sorry for you now?

Well that's because you just made the same mistake they made, a long long time ago.