there was this teenage girl walking, rather slowly across an intersection. the first thing i noticed was her large bubblegum headphones, then the red light, and then the numerous rush-hour cars screeching to a halt to avoid hitting her. will never know if she was defiant or oblivious. but as i sat behind the wheel, respecting the light she was disrespecting, i willed her to make it to the other side, untouched – the headphones (her shield?) still over her pretty, long, dark hair.