Bus Stop…

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Why can’t life be easier? Why can’t things just work out?  Trisha shook her head sadly as she boarded the bus, glad to be out of the chilly November air and happy to see that a seat was open near her.  She sank down gratefully, pulling her coat in around her and grasping her bag closely on her lap.

The scruffy young man on her right moved his legs together guiltily, apparently realizing he was taking up more than half the seat. “Oh, sorry,” he said in a deeper voice than she’d expected. Trisha glanced up quickly into soft blue gray eyes that really did look apologetic.  She couldn’t help but return his smile. “No problem,” she said. “I’m exhausted, is all, and just glad to find an empty seat.”

“Long day, I’d guess?” That voice of his just rumbled and as her eyes met his again she noticed the wrinkles around the corners of those eyes and the touches of gray in his beard.  Not so young, maybe. “Long week, and its only Wednesday.”

“Ah, well, maybe things will be looking up soon.”  How did he manage to look so appealing and sympathetic at the same time?

“Maybe.  I guess.  Sure.” She could feel her cheeks heating. “Sorry, I haven’t any idea, really.  My job was just downsized today.  Such a nice way of saying you’re fired without really saying it.”

“Oh, I am sorry to hear that!  Perhaps I could buy you dinner?” Now he had the grace to look slightly uncomfortable. “Jeez, you must think me an idiot.  My name is Grant Thomas and I’m getting off at the Peterson Avenue stop unless you’d go to dinner with me, in which case we can get off the bus wherever your stop is?”

“Trisha James,” she said extending her hand. “Peterson is my stop, too, and there’s a little Italian restaurant right there on the corner.” “Brunettis,” they said together, laughing.

“So, Trisha James, what do you say?  Join me for a glass of wine and some incredibly good pasta?”

Closing her eyes briefly against all the reasons she shouldn’t trust this rather scruffy looking stranger she’d just met on a city bus, Trisha glanced up into those very kind eyes and decided. “I’d like that, Grant,” she smiled.

“Wonderful and here’s our stop now,” he said, guiding her down the aisle toward the door, nodding to the driver. “Good night, Lillian.”

“Night, Dr. Thomas. See you tomorrow.”

Oh, my, Trisha thought, appearances certainly could be deceiving…

Picture from Pixabay

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53 responses

  1. Lovely writing Diane. You have a very warm and natural way of getting into your characters. Nice potential here … 😊

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    1. Thanks, Miri! I might go on with it

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  2. Where is that “love” button? You helped me get out of myself and think about the need to look at people through unfiltered lenses and also reach out with an open hand. You never know how you can make a difference for someone else and yourself in the process. This is a wonderful story.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I wasn’t sure where it was going at first. Glad you liked it!

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  3. Spontaneity can be very tempting, Dee. It appears that the scruffy doctor has caught her eye.

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    1. Sometimes you need to take a chance!

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      1. I did take a chance. Once. I met a girl on a train, then got yelled at for being late for work. 😀

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      2. You still seem open to chances, just not in the produce department, maybe?

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      3. Damned asparagus! I have to hang out more in the lobster section. 😉

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      4. Yum. But lobster with roasted asparagus drizzled with balsamic vinegar, yummier!

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      5. I still haven’t tried asparagus, but the green and red presentation does appear festive!

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      6. Asparagus is wonderful, easy, too. Just break off the bottoms of the stalks, drizzle with olive oil on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake till softening and Browning a little. Add balsamic and some parmesan, delicious!

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      7. I’m buying some today, Dee. That does sound delicious!

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  4. Wonderful…a great beginning ????? ☺

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  5. Dude! This is awesome!

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  6. They certainly can be.

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  7. This is so sweet, Diane! I think we’d all love to be able to trust so freely….

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    1. Thanks, Kay! Taking a chance on both their parts!

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      1. Yes, it is. It’s a lovely story, Diane.💜

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  8. I really love this Diane, there is something to be said for the mature man, he knows what he wants and goes for it! Please, carry on by all means! ❤

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      1. 🙂

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  9. Superb Diane! 😉

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    1. Why, thank you! I’m glad you liked it!

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  10. This is a real spirit lifter, great writing.

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    1. Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. Without wanting to spoil everyone’s fun, what if he’s a serial killer? Oooh… That would thicken the plot nicely😱

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    1. Well, you never really know, I guess. Look at Ted Bundy. He was very attractive and personable.

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  12. Love this… I already like these characters… I think it would be a great story to continue… 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I was going to write something else and this just happened…have to figure out where to go with it

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      1. I know what you mean. Sometimes, I regret sharing something that I know has the potential to continue… because I have no idea where the story is going to go… yet!

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      2. Exactly. I always plan on writing several parts first, but no…

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  13. As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.

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  14. Ohhh do we have a McDreamy on our hands…I think you should continue it too!! 🙂

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      1. You’re most welcome!! 🙂

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  15. Oh great another series I hope?

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  16. Nice twist! I’m sure they’ll form some kind of friendship.
    Thanks for bringing this to the party. Have fun clicking on links and don’t forget to DANCE!

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  17. Good story. Smashing ending! I am going to have to change my first name to “Dr.”
    Suzie sent me; and I am glad she did.

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    1. Well, thank you so much. Yes, I think that DR can get you in a lot of doors! 😉

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  18. Susie sent me and so glad she did, she always knows how to have a wild time. Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, hoping your weekend is great, too!

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  19. Great story! I’m envious of those who can write good fiction. Susie sent me this way. I’m glad she did!

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    1. Why, thank you for saying that and for the visit!

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  20. I have to chuckle at M. L. Kappa’s comment because I was thinking the same thing. Especially since she was comforted by the bus driver referring to Grant as “Dr.”

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  21. Geat piece. Indeed, looks are deceptive

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