100% Perfect girl

Illustration to accompany Haruki Murakami's short story, "The 100% Perfect Girl."

2017

"Tell you the truth, she's not that good-looking. She doesn't stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The back of her hair is still bent out of shape from sleep. She isn't young, either- must be near thirty, not even close to a 'girl,' properly speaking. But still, I know from fifty yards away: she's the 100% perfect girl for me. The moment I see her, there's a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.

I take a few more strides and turn, she's lost in the crowd."