This week’s words: Finesse Money Lover Masterful Illusion Brevity Shatter Empathy Cri De Coeur (n.)) a passionate appeal, complaint, or protest) Catalogue Nostrum ((n) a medicine prepared by an unqualified person, especially one that is not considered effective) Central
Central Station was awash with its usual afternoon noise. People coming, people going, announcements met with cri de Coeur that fell upon deaf ears as the commuters made alternate arrangements or sat somewhere quiet to await the next commute.
The waiting area was packed with fellow travellers whose day was shattered by announcements of delays, leading to an empathy among them of souls being hard done by when they desperately needed to get home to loved ones.
Away in the corner of the space was Nostrum the Snake Oil salesman who offered a range of ‘fill in ya waiting’ mixtures supposedly to take your mind off the grief you left over being late home again.
He did a brisk trade, as plenty of the waiting crowd were happy to waste their money on wasteful products such as his “Take Ya Mind Off It” or his ever-popular “It’ll Be Here Any Minute Now”.
He distributed a catalogue each afternoon with the range of product he had to sell. There was little finesse about it all, if you had the money he had the product with never a money back guarantee.
Lovers were great customers, spurred on by the brevity of most illusionary relationships his “Get It On Quick” mixture saw many a lover drop all pretence of the illusion and do just that on the seats at the back of the waiting area. It was a matter of masterful timing to do the deed before being noticed or in more modern times to do the deed before anyone filmed you and uploaded you and your partner to You Tube and or Facebook.
Many an uploaded video bore testament to the illusion of modern marriage.