Sophia already had everything. The only possible gift was sensation.
“How about saudade?” The little man peered over half-moon glasses. “A Portuguese emotion – the pleasure of feeling sad. Very popular. There’s even a music that goes with it: Fado”
“No,” I said. “Too much like wistfulness. Besides, I want something nobody has ever experienced before.”
The wrinkled rapturesmith retired to the dark back-shop. “I think this might suit, Sir.”
He proffered a small leather box.
“Chocfulness,” he said. “The pleasure of finishing something you really enjoyed but probably shouldn’t have done, like eating a whole box of chocolates.”
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