But Stern Stranger looks at Tez, like Tez is breaking his heart, for real. “Those cotton buds?” he says, pointing. “Do you know what that can do, to, say, a beautiful seahorse? do you know — ”
“Sea horses?” Terence says. “Are they the ones that mate for life?”
And this pretty thing halfts, arrested. “Well,” he hesitates. “The male carries the babies, anyhow.” They stare at each other, and this bossy charmer flushes a bit.
“I didn’t mean to harangue you,” he says. “I’m a high schook science teacher, and we’re doing projects — I get rather passionate about — ”
“I can imagine,” Terence says. He holds out his basket. “Do you want to help me put the excessive packaging back? A little re-education?”
A couple of weks later, Terence has learnt a lot, about ecologically-friendly comsumption. And he’s been teaching a thing or two himself, too.