Is this your shop? a lady asks me.
I tell her it is.
Can I leave some leaflets for Reiki?
Just a few, she says.
Do you own this shop? she asks me.
I do, I say.
Do you stock books on Spirituality?
I look towards the section headed Spirituality.
And Mind, Body and Spirt?
I tell her we do.
Only I've written a book, she says.
A self-published one, she adds. Do you do that kind of thing?
NO! I say quickly.
Not at all?
NO! I say again.
That's a shame, she says. Isn't that a shame.
I mean, she says, I could just give you some to stock, and if you sell one you could take a pound.
Oh, I'm just an innocent at this, she says, as my laughter subsides.
There is a steely glint in her eyes.