Tuesday, January 25, 2011

but it's the night commute that tells you the most

i was sitting on the bus on my way home. it was pretty crowded considering it was past the usual rush hour traffic. after a while, sometimes you tend to see familiar faces on the bus. almost like you know them and yet not.

he came up the crowded bus. i noticed him 'coz he's a fairly attractive man and this time standing out even more in his suit in a sea of "casual" office dressers. it didn't take me long to identify him as the very same man from a previous morning and evening commute.

i thought that he was alone as he usually was all the other times i saw him on the bus. it was only after the crowd cleared a lil and he made his way closer to where i was seated that i noticed the tall lady leaning her chin on his shoulder and wrapping her arm around his waist from behind, the glint of her wedding band catching my eye. even though i couldn't see it now, i remembered that the man sported a wedding band too.

right off i noticed that something was off. while she was hanging onto him he didn't seem to care much bout her. he shifted positions, turning his body and looking straight ahead with her facing his side. i saw her move her lips and speak (though it was too crowded to hear any conversation) but didn't see much response from him.

suddenly he moved away abruptly and walked up front to talk to the bus driver. he seemed to be there for a long while and upon peering to see what he was doing, i realised that he had since settled in a happy conversation with 2 girls up in the front of the bus. the lady who was still rooted in her spot did not look pleased. he came back to join her and once again i saw her move her lips and speak. i may not have heard a word but the unhappy expression on her face said it all.

soon after both of them alighted from the bus. and for me it was just another moment spent observing someone. someone who i know and yet don't know at all.


At 5:56 AM, Blogger Dater at Large said...

Ooh, bus drama! I wonder if he knew the gals at the front of the bus?

I love seeing people I "know" on the bus. Since I of course don't know them, I like to make up all the details of their lives. Nothing as good as this has happened, though.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger D said...

You can read everything from a guy's body language! It's so easy to read strangers just by how they're interacting with each other!

At 12:04 PM, Blogger jo said...

dater at large: i was wondering the same thing as well. but my guess was that he didn't know them. the age difference looked too wide. possibly it was a casual friendly conversation of which no surprise there, he looked far too cozy for his wife's liking.

D: yeah and it was so fun reading body language! i wonder if everyone else on the bus realised it as well. certainly made for an interesting bus ride.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Dobez_Gaga said...

Sounds like a scene from a book i've read before. The ending is quite happy, despite it all. Maybe it will apply to real life.


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