If you looked at local woman Shae Norris, you’d never think she was a reformed emo.

As pretty much the poster girl for all things clean-cut, Shae hadn’t touched a kohl eyeliner or had an unnatural hair colour since 2007 – though admittedly, she had gone to an emo themed party a few months ago at the behest of a friend, which was now the millennial version of an 80s night.

But she’s beyond that now, and there’s no amount of heavily scribbled converse sneakers or G notes that can change her mind…or so she thought; however, there’s no such thing as a ‘reformed emo’, for emo is not just a genre of music or type of fashion, it’s a way of life.

This revelation came as Shae ventured into the city for an errand and found herself smiling at the new generation of alt teens milling about the front of Hungry Jacks, whose brightly coloured hair and penchant for chains hints at a life with no responsibility, and the window of time where it’s socially acceptable to express yourself without judgement.

Like a seasoned rockstar looking at a group of long-haired youth and wondering how life had passed by so quickly, Shae finds her thumbs instinctively searching for a hole in the sleeve of her hoodie, which is sadly not there.

More to come.


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