Ode to Amelie

Elijah, the Web geek, is a introvert. The shy type, he never engages conversation with others unless he knows they wish to speak with him. It’s September 17th. In 48 hours, his life will change forever, but he doesn’t know it yet. He lives quietly among his coworkers and acquaintances. A former sketch artist, he likes nice girls who finish first. He dislikes seeing people bullied by others. He hates the words, “get’er done.” His late grandmother was the sweetest person in the world. He likes cracking bones and seeing the good guy win on TV. Some weekends, Elijah sees a movie. He likes looking back at people’s faces in the dark. He likes noticing details that no one else sees. But he hates it in old movies when drivers don’t watch the road. Elijah has no girlfriend. He tried once or twice, but the results were a letdown. Instead, he cultivates a taste for small pleasures–dipping his hand into a bath full of warm running water, playing a beautiful song while visualizing every lyric, and imagining himself in a different life with different traits or characteristics. Time has changed nothing. Elijah still seeks solitude. He amuses himself with silly scientific questions about the meaning of life, such as “How many people know what Nihilism is?” or “How many people know what a star is made of?” Finally, on September 19, 2013 comes the event that changes his life forever.