Niko + Changchang

My bruder followed you through Mitte to see if you were cheating on me because I asked him to.  He said that he’d never seen a girl spend so much time at bookstores before, had never seen someone so absorbed in her reading, so content with nothing except high school manga and a Carol Maso e-novel, so at peace in her world of lattes, graphic narratives, and the companionship of a book of Chinese poetry.  Eventually, he got bored and left, which is when you called me and said:  I just saw your brother walking through Mitte.  When you said that, I really thought I was going to die.  Later that night, I hugged you extra long for all the guilt inside (but also the joy too).