Old writing: variations on a theme

Two different versions of a scene that fits into a wider mythological story about Luck falling in love and requesting immortality for her lover. I’ve got the date as 2006 so I had read Sandman by then, but I know I was thinking of a similar idea before I read Gaiman’s excellent work.

It was Love who had come, hopping impatiently from one foot to the other. “C’mon, Time. I want to get this done.”

Time simply continued rummaging through the records in contentment, finally picking one out and holding it up. “Dark Side of the Moon. My player chewed up my third copy.” he said cheerfully. “Let me buy this and then I’ll come.”

“You’re asking the wrong person to hurry, Love.” Luck said from behind her sister. “He considers us too hasty. He has all the time in the universe, after all.”

“I know. It’s just that the rest of us haven’t.” Love said impatiently. At the counter, Time was rummaging in his pockets for change, and pulled out a few crumpled notes.

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A record shop, with LPs and CDs in boxes and posters on the walls. Time is standing at one of the boxes, flicking through. He wears jeans and a jacket, scruffy and worn in a well-loved way. Love enters, trying to conceal impatience, and walks over.

LOVE: Will you come, Timos?

Time just gives her a glance and continued rummaging, seeming to be looking for something in an unruffled way. Love gets more impatient, hopping from one foot to the other and fidgeting. Time eventually finds what he is looking for, and holds the LP up with a contented smile.

TIME: Dark Side of the Moon. You ever hear Pink Floyd live?

Love shakes her head and continues fidgeting. Time takes the LP over to the counter. Luck enters the shop and comes to stand beside Love.

LUCK: You picked the wrong person to hurry, sister. He’s got all the time in the universe, after all.

LOVE: I know, but we haven’t. I want to get this over with.

Time is rummaging for change in his pockets and pulls out a few crumpled notes. He stows the LP carefully under his arm as he comes over and then nods to Luck.

TIME: Shall we go, then?