Anyone I know is at any of these tables? No. Super. What are the odds, huh! Lunchtime here is best spent in solitude. It’s not peace, but solitude will do. Now I know the fine line.
This place looks, ummm…what’s the word… ‘professional’. People here almost want to break the ice, I know it. I feel it. I could easily put them out of this misery. But I don’t. It’s nice for me that way.
I’m afraid if I……Ohhh cute girl alert. Cute girl alert. Keep cool. Stay calm. It’s the same dumb ass! Act like you’re busy! not lonely, maybe use your phone for……Don’t bother she’s gone. Was my hair okay?
( sigh )
Anyway, I’m afraid I’ll become one of them if I give in. I see zero motivation. It’s so slow around here.
( Kyle, one of his new friends, passes by )
” Oh hey! How’s it going? Sitting here alone? “
” Not for long, my buddies are going to come soon. ( That’s why I’m eating quickly ). How’s it going with you? “
” Same old. Same old. ”
( Awkward pause ) ” Well, see you around. “
” Sure! “
Phew! I almost invited her to join me. Dodged a bullet there.
Anyway, I don’t want to be ensconced here. I’ve gotta stay aloof. I keep building these umm….imaginary walls that fortify my personality. With no sneak peeks. Authorized personnel only. But false facades could help. False facades? How redundant.
I have to step out of my fort to mingle with the crowd. A painstaking switch into a pretentious lie. Pretentious lie? What’s with you today.
I have a butt-load to shout out, but there’s no one to hear. They echo in my head. Unheard voices bouncing off unseen walls. Guess that’s how empty forts are.