Hanging out at Ixchel’s. (plus – a new video!)
My classes were cancelled today because our teacher came down with a stomach virus. I decided to lao the library and spent the afternoon at Ixchel’s. First I recorded the latest song I’ve learned to play WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS by Green Day. (It’s one of Tyler’s favourites.)
Then we just hung out.
We didn’t talk for ages, one of the things I really like about her, she knows when to be silent, nothing puts me off more than a girl getting chatty when you want to get romantic. On the other hand I sometimes find myself wondering what she’s thinking about, in all that silence. I guess I worry that maybe she’s thinking about Benicio. Well, whatever. It’s fine to have feelings for your ex, why not. Sometimes I think about Ollie and how I was about to fall for her when I found out what a liar she was. I don’t miss Ollie, only the way I she used to make me feel.
Predictably, after about an hour my phone started to buzz. Mum.
Ixchel said, “You should see your grumpy face. You look about nine years old.”
I said, “I’m nearly sixteen. And my Mum is telling me where to go and what to do.”
“Don’t expect that to change anytime soon. Montoyo’s mother was famous for being bossy.”
It was the first time I’d ever heard his mother mentioned. “How long ago did she die?”
“She’s not dead! Montoyo moved her to Merida, in the apartment he keeps there. Actually she insisted. She fell out with everyone in the city; she’s the bossiest person you can imagine.”
“So if my mum marries Montoyo, she’ll have a second mother-in-law in Merida.”
“The women of your family have something of a history of going for men from this city. Your grandmother with Aureliano, now your mother with Montoyo.”
“You can’t blame my mum for Montoyo. He’s pretty cool for an old guy.”
“Oh, now you like him.”
“Like? I dunno. Respect? Sort of.”
“Montoyo tries to rule from behind the scenes. Who knows what’s really going on?”
“Doesn’t that worry you? It scares the heck out of me. When I first came to the city, everyone told me that 2012 was under control, so long as I found the Ix Codex. But the longer I spend here, the more I suspect that it’s not true.”
“I don’t know how you became so trusting in the first place.”
“Just cos I’m not as fatalistic as you.”
Ixchel said nothing for a bit.
“So you think we’re all doomed, is that it? You think they’re going to fail, and there’s nothing we can or should do?”
“Maybe. Or maybe it’s fate. And what happens after 2012 is the price we all pay for. . .” And she stopped talking.
“You think that we’re just supposed to let the universe muck us about and not resist…?”
“The universe?! Josh, it’s not a conscious being.”
“You know what I mean. The US National Reconnaissance Office, trying to grab our technology. The Sect, trying to stop the Erinsi 2012 plan. The superwave, blasting its way through the galaxy. All of that is ‘the universe’.”
“We can’t do much about any of that,” Ixchel said. “Apart from follow the Erinsi’s instructions.”
I didn’t want to get into a row, so I didn’t continue. But I couldn’t disagree with Ixchel more. Maybe other people can’t do anything, but I know that I can. We wouldn’t even have the Ix Codex if it wasn’t for me. No one is invincible, but also there’s no way I have to sit back and wait for things to play out.
Anyway. Enjoy the song!