Lights. Camera. ACTION!

And step into BORDERS: The Ultimate Heaven.

Take One

I stepped into the Curve, feeling the cold conditioner air making my skin all tingly. What with the sweltering hot weather PJ sported, the sudden change in temperature still made me shiver, just a little. “Hey, that’s Ikea,” Mum said excitedly. I frowned at her. Not Ikea, please. Let’s focus on the current subject shall we? Borders. That’s the one.

After two levels of rides on the flat escalator, chagrin started to overwhelm me. Where’s the bookstore? Is it missing r something? I stared ahead solemnly, a frown plastered on my face, hoping that I could just press the fast forward button on the type of controller Adam Sandler had on Click. Ah Ping Ko Ko, my cousin -who was conveniently out KL tour guide, too- said it wasn’t quite far, so I had to shut up and resist.

Patience.

Patience.

Patience.

“Are we there yet?” I finally blurted out, realising that I sounded like Ice Cube in the movie. I swear if we’re not at Borders yet, I was going to start throwing things.

Dad pointed. “There it is.”

Take Two

Holy. Crap.

I gaped at the shop.

Holy. -coughlet’sforgetthenextwordcough-

I stepped into the shop a little dramatically and couldn’t help goggling my eyes at, well, everything. It was bigger than my school’s library. Hell, it was bigger than the Alor Star library.

Michelle Teoh Zi Yan, be prepared for the ultimate savage of a lifetime.

Take Three

I swear. I. Am. Suffocating. Here. -Happily.-

I even told Dad that if I ever fainted, don’t take me home, please. I don’t ever want to leave this glorious place.

Starting off, I made a list of books that I want:

  1. Untamed. (Duh.)
  2. Hunted. (D-UH.)
  3. The Host.
  4. The Sookie Stackhouse series.

           – I already have Dead Until Dark.  
           – Living Dead In Dallas.
           – Club Dead.
          – Dead To The World.
           – Dead As A Doornail.
           – Definitely Dead.
           – All Together Dead.
          – From Dead To Worse.
          – Dead and Gone.
          – A Touch of Dead.

Etcetera, though Untamed is my main search.

I started at the romance section. House of Night, romance? Probably not. But I checked it anyways.

Nope.

Then I proceeded to fiction. Sure, there were loads of books I liked, but seriously, you don’t expect me to buy them all?

Zilch.

HA! The Sookies are at the mystery section! The Kristins gotta be there.

Nada.

Still no sign. What was weirder, The Twilight saga wasn’t there, either. But the sight of  BUY 2 FREE 1 at the Sookies section practically cheered me up. So I dived into it, picking out the books 3 in a pile and dropped it in my basket.

Mum said she saw The Host downstairs at MPH with 20% off, so I resisted.

But, still, no Untamed was no fun.

Take Four

“Dad.”

“Mm?”

“I couldn’t find my book. The book that I want. The book that I really want.”

“So?”

I scowled. So my world is tumbling down.

One thing I forgot to mention, Borders is a two-storey shop -isn’t that uhmayzing?- but it was labelled as “Children’s Corner” right at the escalator, so I didn’t bother.

I groaned and sighed and moaned until Dad gave up.

“Why don’t you check upstairs?”

“It says, children.”

“It’s worth a peek.”

So I complied.

And wanted to kiss Dad when I found the entire HoN series upstairs.

And the Twilight saga.

I couldn’t find Hunted, though, so I grabbed Untamed, an elated smile on my face and pelted downstairs, almost tripping at the escalator.

“WAIT!!” I yelled when Mum and Dad were at the cashiers, paying the huge stack of books that were my Sookies. I thrusted Untamed into the already overspilt pile and grinned wildly when Mum pulled out her RM300 vouchers redeemed with her Direct Access points. Of course we paid with vouchers. We couldn’t affordRM 400++ with cash.

Goodies:

  1. Untamed.
  2. Hunted.
  3. The Host.
  4. The Sookie Stackhouse series.

           – I already have Dead Until Dark.  
           – Living Dead In Dallas.
           – Club Dead.
          – Dead To The World.
           – Dead As A Doornail.
           – Definitely Dead.
           – All Together Dead.
          – From Dead To Worse.
          – Dead and Gone.
          – A Touch of Dead.

Take Five

I effing love Borders. I effing love books.

I bid Borders ggodbye a little solemnly and got my Host and Mum got her Da Vinci Code at MPH downstairs, before heading home.

You cannot imagine how elated I was that day.

Take Six

I reached San Ku’s house and everyone gaped at the huge bulging plastic bag(s) full of books. But the one sentence that got me worked up with excitement:

“Borders isn’t even 30% of Kinokuniya in KLCC. Really.”

                                                                                  –San Ku

MWHAHA.

Kinokuniya, here I come.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

23-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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