The clock is ticking, the time is pasing. People is aging, and dying. The reaper is here already (for us), just waiting through the door of our homes, just waiting.
One day, Ms Reaper talked to me about having a coffee. I thought it was a strange proposition. The mere thought of her souless eyes looking into mine just fritened me. But at the same time, I was bored spending all my summer inside my home, like a emo teenager with no self esteem. I needed something to do beside work and drawing, so I said yes.
She is a very exquisite being (I don’t know if I can call her a person, but whatever), and has a good taste. The café she picked was a lovely bistro with vintage air. The colors magenta and brown with the subtle light of the roof lamps gave the place a peaceful atmosphere. If I was scared earlier, I completely forgot about that when I saw that place. Also, she didn’t looked like The Reaper at all, I mean, a hot pink hoodie, a pair of blue jeans and pointy boots. Pretty casual. What was she thinking?
“I will take an espresso, and you?” That’s the first thing she said… and good lord, her voice was so soft that I can barely describe it. It was like the tail of a fluffy and chubby bunny. I was shocked. The Angel of Death, huh? “I will take a Moccachino, thanks”.
Silence was reigning in the café, except for a selection of mellow jazz and some other tunes that hipsters have on their playlists. The waitress came with the coffe. We both thanked and gazed into the light brown of the hot drink. Shit, things were getting awkward with all tha silence.
“You must be wondering about the meaning of this meeting.”
“Well, yes. Am I going to die soon?”
“I don’t know” She just drank a little bit of her coffee like nothing could ever affect her. “I don’t know when a person is going to die, I just collect souls.” I was more confused that ever. What was ever going on?
“The reason why I wanted to have this talk with you is because I know the answer”
“The Answer?” The Answer? I haven’t drank at all and her noticed. She told me to chill and drink my coffee, that this would be one of the most importants talks of my life but at the same time she wanted me to enjoy the momment.
“Yes, The Answer” she said after drink some more. Then she closed her souless eyes “What do you want in this world, more than anything?” I took a minute, then I said:
“I want to make comics. Like, for a living”
She smiled with the most pure and honest expression I haven’t ever seen in my life.
“Then you have to work hard making comics. That’s all”
Silence. She finished her coffee, looked in her wallet and payed the drinks. I still had plenty to drink but she waved my hand in a goodbye. She was busy, sure, plenty of souls to collect, but I asked one last thing:
“Do you have this conversation with everyone is this world?”
She laughed. “At some point everyone thinks the reaper is coming to take them, but sometimes I only want to give a little reminder of The Answer.”
“It was a pleasure to meet you”
“Sure, and remember. Perfection doesn’t exist. Memento mori!”
She walked away. I finished my coffee and thanked the waitress for all. Then I left too. I actually enjoyed that moment.