I always found my solace in silence. Talking to people wasn’t my thing and I would shudder at the thought of talking to anyone. I spoke the bare minimum that was required to get by at work. Spending time alone was my usual thing. Books were the only company that I needed. Lunch breaks were reading time for me. It helped me spend my time well and it was also a good way to avoid talking to people.
But one day that changed. I had company from lunch. Unwelcome ? Yes! But this girl was more of an annoyance. She was the one who was known for talking a little too much about herself. She just wouldn’t keep quiet. I tried to ignore what she was saying and stuck to reading my book. But she wouldn’t give up. She pulled my book out of my hands and began telling about her life which I had no interest in. Speaking up seemed hard. I wanted to tell her to shut up but as always words failed me. She took my failure to speak as a sign to continue and she went on about her super fancy lifestyle.
I knew this had to stop. My precious book stared at me. The story in the book was getting exciting and I was wondering what was going to happen next. I had to get the book back and I knew the time was now. But how would I do it? She went talking about her new branded watch, an imported one at that. I didn’t care about it.
Mustering whatever bit of talking energy I had for the day, I said , “Quicquidlibet!”
She looked at me wondering what I was saying.
“Quicquidlibet!”, I repeated. Oh wow! I was enjoying the stupefied look on her face.
“What is that?”
I didn’t respond. I quietly picked up my book and walked. After I took a few steps, I turned back for I couldn’t resist.
“Whatever! It means whatever.”, I said before taking a look at her face and running away to find a quiet place.
I knew that I was mean but somewhere a tiny part of me was happy. My love for words was put into good use!
Quicquidlibet : Whatever
Origin : Latin
I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge again this year. This is my third time participating in the challenge. I’m going with the theme of “Rare, unusual and beautiful words from various languages”