Blind Jump Into… Bus Stop


A man and a woman, two strangers, sat side by side at the bus stop. Both checked their phones multiple times, as if waiting for a call, a text message, any sign of life.

The woman had a date with a stranger, against the alarmed warnings of her friends. She met this man online. The world of chatrooms and online dating was new to her and she tried to keep a low profile for the first couple of days. Some men were extremely aggressive in their efforts to set up a date, but she was adamant and always turned them down.

Until one day a man took the time to actually talk and get to know her, so she accepted his invitation for a cup of coffee. “1211 bus stop at 4pm,” they agreed. Whoever got there first would wait for the other. Their buses were scheduled to arrive approximately at the same time, so they anticipated no waiting at all. Besides, they had each other’s cell numbers.

Her bus got there on time, but his was late. She checked her watch nervously. Perhaps he gave up… She checked her watch again. Yes, it was still working and only 2 seconds went by. She wondered how he looked. It was the first time she had done anything like this and she was extremely anxious.

After waiting for an hour, she decided to call him. Much to her amazement, a phone rang close by. It was him, sitting next to her all this time. His bus wasn’t late, it was early!

Now, every time they catch the bus at the 1211 bus stop, they can’t help but laugh with the recollection of having spent a whole hour in silence sitting side by side and since then they have been trying to catch up, not wasting a single minute!

Lisbon, Portugal -- I am a former educator who became a writer. My fascination for people's intricacies and my love for words drive me to write stories. These appear in the format of flash-fiction, short stories and poetry, stubbornly and imprudently!

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