Saturday, April 02, 2005

A Strange(r) Incident

From the questions I posed on simpleposie:

2. Have you ever felt like touching a complete stranger on the bus?

I ask this because I once participated in a very strange incident involving, not the bus, but the Robert Q airport shuttle, from Toronto to London. I'm still trying to understand why it happened and if I did the right thing.

I was just getting back from an extended trip to Seattle and I was tired and cranky. The Robert Q was crowded, which I hate, and I was forced to sit on the back bench, squeezed in by strangers and anonymous carry on luggage. I leaned forward, my forehead pressing down on the seat in front of me, and fell asleep.

At some point during the trip, I began to realize that the pleasant dream I was having was induced by the boy sitting in front of me. He was rubbing my head.

It was a very strange sensation this discovery brought about. I wasn't sure what the protocol was for such an event. Do I scream? Hit him? I kept my eyes closed. This required some thought and planning.

I had seen this boy getting onto the Robert Q. He wasn't a stereotypical public pervert. No long coat. His hair was nicely styled. He smelled nice. Young. Vibrant. Good looking. Clean cut. This presented a dilemma.

You see, I really like having my head rubbed. It felt good. Soothing. And what was the harm in it?

He paused briefly, suddenly, when I turned my head so that he could get the other side. His breathing stopped. I nudged him with my head. He continued.

He got out at the stop before mine. It was a bit awkward. I sat up so that he could remove his arm from the back of the seat. I looked up, my hair knotted and messy and we said our silent goodbyes, smiling and nodding.


Blogger Rafael said...

Hello, this is an awesome story. I'd probably be afraid of touching a girl, she could either slap or punch me. And I've never thought about being touched by a female who I never saw, this would be wonderful tho. You write very well, congratulations.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

Thankyou, Rafael,

you are kind.

yes, slapping and punching are possible repercussions.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Zeke's, the Montreal Art Gallery said...


Anne have you met Cedric?

4:16 PM  

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