I thought I was going to live forever.
I figured that I’d become great friends with that dude with the scythe and black cloak.
We'd get together every so often, have a few beers and discuss things like comic-books,
bad movies and I'd laugh at his stories about the folks who didn't take his arrival so well.
I'd tell him about all the crazy ways I was finding to pass the time.
I'd learn how to juggle, climb Everest and maybe even get to raise a lion as a pet.
Not quite sure how long I wanted that all to go on for but one has to be optimistic with such things.
After all living forever does require a certain mental fortitude.
I don't quite know when exactly all that changed but I'm fairly certain that I have a good idea.
It came along attached to a shock of fiery auburn hair and a pair of breasts that seem as if they were designed with me in mind.
She has the most contagious laugh I have ever encountered.
The world around me shifted.
If I’d been planning for my future and day dreaming about the possibilities of the morrows to come,
then her arrival in my world solidified those thoughts into things.
Not to say that I was drifting before, not at all, but everything took on a much sharper focus.
A similar urgency to that which you bring with you now.
The ticking clock disguised as a joyous birthday card.
Yet somehow you don't scare me as I imagined you would.
As I stare you down, I am not alone,
and with the prospect of the 'hair growing in funny places' fiasco looming again,
I say again that I’m not scared of you.
Not one bit.
Okay, well maybe a little.
When 22 was here he took my hair and there’s not much more you can do to scare me.
So my new friend, let us onwards into the future.
Thanks for coming along to wish me on my birthday but when you change shifts
this time next year, could you do me favor and see if 25 is free?
I’m sure 31 wants to see me even less than I want to see him.
Thanks again for the cake.
I know you personally had nothing to do with it's construction but you were the reason for it's existence,
So I guess there's that.