This week’s prompt: “Don’t look for what you don’t want to find…”
The girl at the table opposite, surrounded by gabbling friends was not engaged rather looking distant as if there were major issues on her mind.
The more I glanced over, the more I wondered what it was that was bothering her. Every so often she would smile faintly and nod as if in agreement but rarely did I see her add anything to the seemingly rapid conversation happening around her.
The more I watched, the more my mind worked overtime trying to conjure the problem that was obviously weighing her down.
To make it worse, she was an extremely attractive girl and that she appeared unhappy was not in keeping with the beautiful woman I was observing.
I turned back to my own meal and joined in the conversation around me and by the time I took a second to glance over towards her she had gone. I thought maybe a toilet break? But she didn’t return, and I further speculated as to her situation.
But as I was leaving I stepped near to her table, still occupied by her talkative friends, and heard snippets of conversation about her situation, a mother dying and her having to travel across country when she and her mother had been estranged for so long.
I felt sorry for her circumstance but pleased it wasn’t life-threatening for her.