Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Neko

Seen on the Red Line to Howard at about 10:40 a.m. 


Neko listens to Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded me with Science” every day during her morning commute. It always makes her feel better.  In high school, her ex-boyfriend Cam used to sing it at her all the time. When she asked him why, he said: “Because of your big dorky glasses, babe. And ‘cause you’re Asian. Everyone knows Asians are smart.”

Cam was an asshole. She still can't believe she’d ever dated such a neanderthal.

She ended their relationship during chemistry class senior year. Neko planned it all very carefully—grabbing the sodium hydroxide “by mistake,” her conveniently untied shoelace. “It was an accident!” she tearfully insisted while dragging him to the emergency eyewash station. But it was too late. Cam would never see again.

Her parents put her in therapy for a few months to help her cope with the guilt she pretended to feel. Cam’s parents sued the school for negligence. It was perfect. 

"She Blinded Me With Science" has been stuck in my head lately thanks to this stupid Target back-to-school commercial. I'd write more, but I have to run--work is insane today. Until tomorrow! 

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