A july-ey July night, a year ago already.
It’s closing time ; another hard day of work down, on to the next one, however many more await in this strange life of expiation down here.
As we close our respective designated shops we’re all kind of checking on each other like we usually do, making sure everyone gets to go home in sync. Having successfully cleared the first level, we ascend to Viki and Kiki’s shop, well, maybe not to check on them so much as to ninja-give them our cash bags to deal with while we make for the lift really (Viki seems to be doing fine anyway, casually yelling on the phone while tidying up the shop -she’s always yelling on the phone so it’s just “casual” yelling here, not the upset kind or anything).
“[something something] TCHATCHKY,” she yell-says in her native Macedonian (however you’re supposed to spell it).
“Aw, Tchatchky !” i say as i walk by, “sounds groovy, i like it. What does that one mean ?”
She laughs : “how random ! tchatch-ky, it means cups : i’m meeting with some friends downstairs to sit in the grass and drink, i’m saying they bring the drinks, i’ve got cups already. Say, you boys wanna tag along, get to meet some fine girls from my land ?”
None of the guys seem very motivated, but maybe because it’s so july-ey i’m feeling uncharacteristically adventurous and socially curious, plus i’m not getting any less single so what the hell.
“Giggity, i’m in !”
There’s a quick exchange of glances and all resistance goes out the window, contaminated as everyone is by the july-eyness (either that or i’ve got mad federative skillz i didn’t know about), even shy girl Kiki says she’s coming along now.
To the gardens ; we follow Viki who’s trying to locate her friends (actually, she only knows one of the girls -a fellow exile-ee, the other two are friends of that girl, here on vacation only). “Here they are !”
As i’m introduced to each three of them, because i’m feeling a little silly and i’m still enamoured with the word, i naturally go “tchatchky !” as if it meant “pleased to meet you”, determined to keep saying the word as long as my fancy sees fit.