Walking back to the lab with Alice after lunch this afternoon, a beautiful young woman rushed by in tears. Young.
“Pivy” said Alice.
“Wha?” I said.
“Pivy. That is the feeling you are having. It’s Pity and Envy.
Pity at the stupid earnestness of teens and envy at their rawness and how they are so gloriously alive.”
I was stunned. I never thought such sentimentality existed in Alice. Though I admit that I don’t know nor really want to know what exists in Alice. Today in our morning meeting Alice’s Net Tat displayed Road Runner and a Predator riding a unicorn. It was animating up and down her arm. I told her she had to stop it because it was distracting the hell out of me. She had it run up her sleeve and out of view. During lunch I think I saw the stupid unicorn’s head peeking out at me occasionally.
I have to admit though I wasn’t feeling anything like Pivy at that moment.
I was pausing because she was just so strikingly pretty; I wanted to reach out and help her. You know the type of pretty that tricks your mind into believing you see them as they really are? A beauty that somehow makes you believe the person is pure. That’s got to be a plus when trying to get a job.
But that feeling only lasted for a second. My mind went back to POV, Alpha, and Janice.
I’m sure the young lady’s mind never strayed from whatever overwrought angst moment it was in.
There needs to be a word to describe that moment though. It wasn’t “Pivy” but it was a disturbing clash of realities.
A brief glance at a woman, a woman crying, a casual walk back to work, and the sounds of gun fire and sirens drifting our way from beyond the green zone. That’s the realities I confronted on the way back to the lab, before diving deep back into Alpha’s reality.
I’ll tell Alice I’ve coined a new term: Noranity. Normality and Insanity.