Saturday, January 28, 2006

Strangers on a train

He boarded the train and stood near the bike rack. There were no seats available. She was nearby, oblivious. I watched as his eyes boldly travelled up and down her form. He took in every detail, curves, bumps, lines. There was no attempt at subtlety, anyone could see his stare. Then he looked away. Had he found appeal? Did he want her? Or had she been measured and found wanting? It was unclear.

As more people boarded the train at future stops he moved closer. Casual, yet calculated. Another boarded the train, and the process was repeated. I wondered, which did he prefer? The second was younger, sleeker, sexier. But there was a solid, comfortable presence about the first. Something that said that she had been places and done things. The hard won look of experience.

He left the train soon after without a word or overture. The two bikes remained in the rack, uncaring.

some dude was checking out my bike on the train earlier this week...

5 comments:

the old bag said...

Good piece of writing!

Pete said...

I think in the future I'll leave the creative writing to the creative types, like TOB.

Nancy said...

Heeee!

Who's TOB?

Pete said...

The one and only TOB

Nathan said...

Well, for whatever it's worth, I liked it.