GENRE: Young Adult
I am invisible ninety-six point four percent of my life. Right now is not one of those moments, but I really wish it was.
Charles Addison is only three years older than me but tries to act like he’s forty-five when he’s not leering at me like a horny deviant. Which, much to my continued disappointment, is most of the time I’m with him. I’ve scanned my English vocabulary workbook for more expressive words that could best fit him, but patronizing and repugnant are the most despicable ones I can find, and they just don’t do justice to the walking, talking freak show deviant that is Charles Addison. Really.
As my manager at Marcela’s Shop ‘n Save, he takes his job much too seriously, as though being the nights and weekend manager at a dying family-owned grocery store is his life’s ambition. It’s more like no ambition. And, right now, he’s taking perverse satisfaction in the one dollar and forty-nine cent discrepancy he’s just found in my drawer total, hanging it over my head and refusing to let me go home until the money can be located. Now I’m cornered with him in his grimy little manager’s office in the back of the stockroom, unable to get the image out of my head of a bear snared in a trap, methodically gnawing at its paw until it finally tears it off, allowing glorious escape. If I could, I’d start nibbling.