He saw her again, the same girl he’s seen in the bus every morning. He walked past her and went on to seat just on the adjacent row, 2 seats behind her. She had the same impeccable look than spoke tales of good skin care and she had a grey suit on. He heaved a sigh as he sat back in his seat with a sense of despair that he’d never have the chance to speak to her.
6.05 am. He put his phone back into his pocket and shifted a little in his seat in preparation to sleep. He had this fleeting image in his mind of a girl, his long lost love. He had met Temi in his 2nd year in the university and they had bonded like Fluorine and Potassium.
Yeah, fluorine and potassium, he thought. It was a standing joke between them. She was a chemistry major and they had met in class.
“Is this seat taken?” he asked, pointing at the seat beside her which had a bag on it.
“No”, she replied as she placed the bag on her legs.
He spent the next 30 minutes trying to decide if he should say hello or not. In fact, he thought, where’d I start from?
“I’d have said you look familiar but that’d be so clichéd.” He said to her. “But you do look familiar.” Now he was smiling.
She smiled. His heart jumped.
“Seriously, I know you are not in this department, you don’t even take any of our courses. What I mean is… ” he paused for effect “…who are you?”
“Don’t you think that’s kinda rude?” she responded. “You don’t just see someone and ask such questions.”
He awoke from his reverie, smiled and looked around the bus. It was almost full now. He shifted in his seat a bit as a fat woman walked past. He stretched to peep at his lady in the grey suit. She was looking into a pocket mirror and this time, he had a little view of her face through the mirror and their eyes met. She brought the mirror down and turned back to look at him. This time, he got a full view of her face and he smiled at her.
She smiled back at him, or he thought she did. Without thinking, he signaled her to ask if the seat beside her was free and she nodded. Half-stunned, he walked over to her row.