“Can I help you?” he asked, taking in her short blonde hair and dark brown eyes.
“I’d like some news,” she said, smiling at him.
“What kind? Happy, current, future, past, animals, food, sports, outer space, fashion, rabbits, Christmas, cheese…”
“Yes. I’m positive,” she said, placing a ten dollar bill on the counter.
“Yesterday, fifteen rabbits went into a 7-11 and took four bags of potato chips, three bunches of carrots and a head of lettuce. The owner didn’t mind. He liked rabbits. He video taped it and it went viral. The lead rabbit was named…”
“His name was…”
“Yes. He was pure white, with long ears and fuzzy feet. He said they were having a party and needed the food. All of the rabbits took things they thought their guests would like. A rabbit, named, Clarence, paid for everything with acorns. They left the shop and hopped into the night. That’s all the rabbit news you get for ten dollars.”
“Thank you. I enjoyed it very much.”
“I’m glad,” he said. “And you’re welcome. Rabbit news comes with a free candy bar of your choice.”
She bit her bottom lip and picked up a Tootsie Roll. Can I have this?” she asked, holding it up.
“Yes, you can definitely have that.”
“Maybe I’ll come back and ask for news about cats.”
“Bring more money,” he sighed. “There’s a lot of news about cats.”
“Okay,” she said pushing open the heavy door, waving goodbye.
“News about rabbits?” asked the woman, who came out of the back room.
“She’s seven years old and she spends her allowance on news stories. Her father comes in and thanks me for making her happy. I give hime the money back and he gives it to her again. She’s a nice kid.”
“You are so…”
“Don’t say it,” he said, holding up his hand.
“Sweet,” she said, going back into her office.
“ACK!” he said loudly, while straightening the counter and snickering to himself.
Photo Damon Lam