The world had changed and no matter where Marlene looked there was something new to admire, question and wonder about. The cameras were everywhere, and had Peter not pointed them out to her they would have gone largely unnoticed. "I'd say," Marlene commented lightly. It was an odd feeling, being watched all the time but the muggles they passed as they walked along seemed to act as if it was nothing really, and so she felt some sense of calm about it. The shops were lined with all sorts of items, some she knew others she could guess and the rest was wonderfully random and she could only guess at their purpose. That was fun too, not knowing and guessing. Making up little stories in her mind about what the products were and for what use and little taglines too.
Taking the whole day off had been a brilliant idea. A few hours just wouldn't have been enough and Peter, he seemed so very happy and contented to show her around, and that pleased her too. It was nice, just wandering around with someone she knew, in a big world that had moved on. Worrying about what was on sale and what wasn't had never been something her family ever had to worry about, they did well. They weren't fabulously wealthy but small concerns were just that, very small.
"I think that's a fabulous idea," she said linking arms with Peter. "And bringing something back for everyone to enjoy is very thoughtful. So let's splurge today," she added with a bright smile. Glancing around at the people congregating and walking by she noticed most everyone seemed to be preoccupied with the little screens on information they carried in their hands. What they were exactly she couldn't say, but people seemed very caught up in them.
"You'd think people didn't talk much these days," she said gesturing to the people standing around the entrance looking at their devices. "Always looking down instead of up and ahead."