nother edit – seahorses

Oh, well,” Stern Master stumbles. “I mean – well, everyone should educate themselves about single-use plastics. It’s the single most important – ”

“You mean condoms?” Terence asks. His new friend gawps at him a moment, mouth open.

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mated for life 5b: teach, cuter

But Stern Stranger looks at Tez, like Tez is breaking his heart, for real. “Those cotton buds?” he says, pointing in Terence’s basket.  Again. “Do you know what that can do, to, say, a beautiful seahorse? Do you know—”

“Sea horses?” Terence says, intrigued. “Are they the ones that mate for life?”  He’s not a complete heathen.  He watches David Attenborough, just like anyone.

And this pretty thing halts, 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 school science teacher, and we’re doing projects — I get rather passionate about—”  He shuts up for a moment.  “My name’s Sean,” he says.  He looks down, shyly.  Wow.

“I can imagine,” Terence says. He holds out his basket. “Do you want to help me put the excessive packaging back? Maybe provide a little re-education?”

A couple of weeks later, Terence has learnt a lot, about ecologically-friendly consumption, about single-use packaging. And he’s been teaching a thing or two himself, too.

mated for life 5: teach, cuter

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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.

mated for life: environmental studies 101

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And Terence discovers that this geezer blushes like a rose opening up – a red, red rose, like unto luve, so poets allege. Combined with his flawless skin and thick, black lashes, it’s —

“Oh, well,” Stern Master stumbles. “I mean –”

“You were going to school me? On environmental damage?” Tez pursues. This is fun. He leans in, a little – looks as much an earnest scholar as a C-student like him can.

“Well,” the bossy charmer continues – visibly gathering himself a bit. “I mean,” he says, gesturing at Terence’s shopping, “all of the unnecessary plastic bags. Did you really need to put your parsnips in that bag? And your soft fruit – look at the amount of packaging!” He jabs a finger at it, and looks up at Tez. He’s gone all earnest again. It’s adorable.

“I’m very careful of my soft fruit,” Terence says. What, innuendo, him?

mated for life 2: yes, professor

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“Do you even know what you’re doing to the environment, with the crap you go around throwing in there?” this guy said, pointing at Tez’s basket. Now, Terence didn’t much care for having a finger pointed at him, by some nutcase who’d clearly read too much Scientific American. OTOH, it depended. On whether the stray nutcase had luscious dark eyes, and chestnut curls. As well as being a raving loon.

After a line from Barry Manilow

From Manilow’s legendary and celebrated track ‘I Wanna Do It With You’, I give you my transformative workin’ poem…

 

I wanna do it

foment revolution with you

I wanna do it

make a plan for a coup

Baby how ’bout a little insurrection

I see your Black Flag tat and I feel real affection…

I wanna do it with you

Start a community group

I wanna do it

Take a bi-plane out, loop-de-loop!

I wanna hold you, all night long

Oh baby, see I wrote you a song!

 

But lo!  Proper actual accreditation and acknowledgment of the source of inspiration!  Cuz that’s how you do it, folks.  It’s that easy…