I had one of those little moments today, and I couldn't resist the urge to share it.
It was one of those moments that blurred the line between real life and fiction. One of those moments where the saying "real life is stranger than fiction" may not apply. It was definitely real life (I know. I was there.), but it would have fit perfectly into a book as well.
I was at a friend's house for a Christmas party, and as I was loading up my plate I caught sight of her little sister. When I say little I mean relatively speaking since the "little sister" in question just turned eighteen and works every year she's got.
She's not what I'd call rebellious, but when I see the strand of Christmas lights inked across her left arm I start to wonder. She's old enough to get a tattoo without out parental consent. Her family rivals mine in the control department, and her siblings have a history of going ballistic once they hit 18.
The odds are 50/50, and I can't resist. With my plate piled high with food I make my way to where she's standing with her sister and boyfriend.
I'm standing there listening to this guy who looks like he should have no less then 10 tattoos bad mouth the practice. Well, to be more specific he was bad mouthing girls having tattoos and making horrid generalizations about girls who have tattoos, so I turn on them tugging back the corner of my tank. "Like me?"
I'm just starting to question the intelligence of my decision when little sister gasps and reaches out to rub at the wing tip that's just barely cleared my top. "Is it real?"
I claim to not be a big fan of the big reaction preferring to keep my tattoo to myself, but there are moments when it's worth the reactionary stereotype. The moment when I turned and saw the look on his face realizing that not only was it real but that he'd been standing there directly insulting me was one of those moments that was not only intensely satisfying but a touch too surreal for my taste.
The saying "real life is stranger than fiction" is there for a reason. Life isn't supposed to be a YA novel.