Day 12: The Giver by Lois Lowery
We met at a cafe.
“You weren’t planning on us.” I asked pointing to a sign that read open mic night.
“No,” John laughed.
“Good,” I said sighing in relief.
“Not a singer?” He asked as we sat down.
“Not a public performer.”
“Yeah, I could never sing the songs I write in front of everyone. They’re too personal.”
“You write songs?”
“There’s more to me than most people think, like the whole reading thing.”
“I didn’t mea-”
“I understand where you’re coming from. I wanted to give you this,” He laughed pulling out a book.
“It’s about this perfect society, with no crime or sadness. Sounds perfect huh? It comes at a price. No memories. Jonas, the new receiver is trained by the giver who gives him memories of the past. When there was color and emotions but also war and disease.” he explained.
“Sounds good,” I replied.
“Yeah-,” he said cringing as someone started making the sounds of a dying cat.
“Let’s get out of here.” He smiled slyly as he took my hand and led me out the door.