Vampire Owl: Just order anything from the list. This is my favourite coffee shop, and today it is my treat.
Vampire Bat: This is a very nice menu with interesting pictures. But I will just have a cup of tea. If I need anything else, I will ask for another cup of tea. Thank you.
Vampire Owl: A cup of tea again! Do you know that it is intellectually weird to have tea in a coffee shop?
Vampire Bat: I have never seen anything weird in having tea anywhere. I will have it in the cemetery, library, almirah, underground or at the world’s end. I have never had coffee at Indian Coffee House either. I have always had tea. So why bother?
Vampire Owl: Wait till I get the Great Vampire Guide Book from our library. I will find something related to this in that book. There has to be a provision to ban this.
Vampire Bat: I am writing my own guide book. You can keep that old and outdated book for yourself. Even Uncle Dracula and the elder vampires don’t read that!
Vampire Owl: So, you are not just the part-time writer; instead, you are officially a writer.
Vampire Bat: I was actually talking about writing the remaining pages of my life.
Vampire Owl: But why do you keep a broken pencil with you? I am sure that you can’t write with that.
Vampire Bat: It is part of my childhood collection. I used this pencil to play pencil fights with my friends.
Vampire Owl: I do not believe that. I know that there were only pen fights in school. I had a very heavy pen with me which I used to my advantage to win those fights. And I have a feeling that this is a magic pencil. It helps you to become a writer.
Vampire Bat: This is really a coffee shop, isn’t it? You make me feel that this is a bar.
Vampire Owl: Bars are banned. This could have been a beer and wine parlour, but this is a coffee shop.
Vampire Bat: You are still acting too strange. Do you have a problem that I got a broken pencil?
Vampire Owl: No! Not at all. You are the writer. But it reminds me of my childhood. One day, one of my classmates had a broken pencil. I had two pencils and still didn’t help him as I was a bad kid. This is a very emotional memory for me.
Vampire Bat: And then what happened?
Vampire Owl: Well, he still came first in the class without the pencil and I came second.
Vampire Bat: No wonder that it is very emotional moment for you.
Vampire Owl: Yes, and so I hate broken pencils, or all those pencils.
Vampire Bat: Do you know why I actually keep looking at this broken pencil? It is more than just something from my long lost past.
Vampire Owl: Because it is broken and of no use, and then you realize that you don’t need a pencil which makes you extremely happy?
Vampire Bat: Absolutely not. I place it on the table as the symbol of my broken life. When my life gets better, the broken pencil will also be no longer broken.
Vampire Owl: Oh! That should be a writer thing.
Vampire Bat: Well, not exactly. I had this one with me for a very long time. I never really posted anything at that time.
Vampire Owl: So, it is just a Vampire Bat thing.
Vampire Bat: May be you can say that. But the fact remains that if you are even somewhat a writer, the broken pencil can easily be used as a symbol and a reflection of your life.
Vampire Owl: Just like I use my fangs. They are so bright and broken!
Vampire Bat: Lets not talk about the failed appointments with the dentists. Instead, we should finish the drinks.
Vampire Owl: Yes, it is time for the coffee shop to close. There is nothing to be done in life, but the shop has to close.
Vampire Bat: Death comes to us all, and life itself is a pencil waiting to be broken. But I hope not to leave this pencil broken for long. I am rather more concerned about this pencil than related to myself.
***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Hotel Transylvania.