What the Headline Says

[Today’s prompt from The Daily Post — incorporate the third headline from a news site]

“I’m depressed.”

Butch was familiar enough with Rune’s genuine bouts of despair to recognize the irony in his friend’s voice. Seeing Rune was looking at his phone, the tow-headed teen leaned and twisted to look at the screen. Rune was looking at Yahoo’s home page, but none of the headlines he saw seemed particularly disturbing — no mention of wars, crimes, or scandals.

“That one.” Rune pointed to the third headline — Thanos in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Here’s the Latest.

“I thought you liked that movie?”

Rune clicked the power button on his phone, turning the screen blank. “Well first of all, I haven’t seen it because it hasn’t come out yet, so I can’t exactly say whether I like it or not. But that’s not the point. It’s a useless bit of trivia about another superhero movie — yeah I like them, but I got other interests too. I wannna know what’s going on in the world, you know?”

Butch shrugged. “So, scroll past it. Or go to a different site.”

“Well, duh.” Rune being indignant and dismissive like this was the one mood Butch found most difficult to handle. “But I’ll have to do a lot more scrolling and selecting different articles to read, before my personal algorithm updates on Yahoo and I start seeing headlines for more important articles at the top of the screen. Until that happens, I’ll keep on seeing stupid articles about stupid characters in stupid movies.” Rune tapped himself on his chest, looked at Butch intently. “What does that say about me?”

“It says — ” never a quick thinker, Butch hesitated before right-sounding words finally came to him — “that you’re far too worried about what some programmer thinks about you.”

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