Watch goes down the street. The street is lined with the heads of guys in suits hollering POW and KABANG and WATCH OUT!
Watch tunes them out. A crow follows him, he notices, flying from tree to tree.
Mechanical spiders are running all over. I SEE YOU ARE GOING TO THE STORE MAY I RECOMMEND A SALAD? says one.
A second one says, PEOPLE WHO BUY SALAD OFTEN BUY SOME FRUIT AS WELL.
Watch tunes them out too. He notices how wide the streets are without traffic.
It is a sunny day. Warm, early fall, is there any better season?
Gravity is light today if you can ignore the distractions.
And the air is full of flowers.
Watch gets a sandwich. He gets a long one because he wants to see how many crows he can feed on his way back to the office.
The line at the cash register is slow because the guy in front of him is having problems with his cash card.
REJECTED, says the cashier. The young guy tries again, a little more flustered.
REJECTED, says the woman again.
I’ll have to come back, the young guy says.
He has a German accent, notices Watch.
I’ll get it, Watch says, but no one hears him.
He takes out his wallet and gives the cashier a ten. I’ll get it, he says.
OH, she says.
The young guy doesn’t notice and starts leaving without his stuff – a box of sugar and some snack for lunch.
IT’S OKAY, says the cashier. THIS GUY PAID.
Outside the young guy says thanks.
My pleasure, says Watch.
He feeds two crows on the way back – the one who had been following him, and a big black one watching him from a tree.
POW KABANG! holler the heads.
Take the afternoon off, says Watch.