Today I had a severe longing to read the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I figured that, since the movie will be shown next week here in Manila, I might as well read the first volume of this series and see for myself what the fuss was all about.
So I went down the office and headed to the nearest bookstore, which is Bibliarch, a branch of Fully Booked. Damn, the store only has the second and third volumes of the collected series. That simply won't do. I need that first volume like cocaine. And I want to read it, like, now.
Now Bibliarch is such a small store that, once you're inside, it only takes a few steps to reach their customer service which also doubles as the cash register. I asked one of the assistants if he would call the other nearby Fully Booked branches if they have the first volume.
Maybe there's something wrong with their inventory tracking system, for it's taking him so long to check the store's online database. Both my lunch time and my patience are running short. And I had to restrain myself from talking loudly out of irritation. I have a very short temper and my friends keep telling me that I probably have the shortest one.
But this assistant, his name is Miles Mission, was very patient and determined to help me. He called every nearby bookstore branch to look for that elusive copy. He even went out of his way to find a chair from their back office and bring it to me. I don't mind standing of course, but to refuse it would be insulting, I think.
Alas, a copy was located at a nearby mall. Miles even offered to have that book transferred to the branch we were in. But ever the impatient one, I said there's no need. The next store's just a few minutes away, and heaven knows that I could use the exercise.
So now I have the beautiful first volume of Burroughs's sci-fi/fantasy epic, all thanks to Miles's diligence and his extra effort. Kudos to the people at Fully Booked for the wonderful customer service.
Now I shan't be disturbed, for I'll be on my way to Mars.