Two young women are sitting on the train, talking about -what else? One young man. “So, then he told me that…” The second woman is listening carefully as the first one is narrating the latest developments in her complicated relationship with some guy.
A young man has sat on the seat opposite the woman narrating the story. He has been listening to the narration for literally less than a minute when he cuts in. “He is not for you. Let go.” The woman spontaneously laughs, feeling awkward. She goes, “Do you think so?” “Definitely”, he replies.
Her friend disembarks the train. She turns back to the guy. She debates on it for a second and then takes a deep breath and asks him: “Why did you say that before? Is it really that obvious that I shouldn’t waste my time that a stranger who has heard nothing but a friction of our conversation tells me to let go of him?”
He looks at her carefully. He has an air of confidence and he is sure of what he says: “Yes”.
She sighs. “You’re right.”
He: “I’m a psychologist. What do you like about this person?”
She: “I don’t know. All of him.”
He: “Where is he?”
She: “And nothing.”
He: “He is there on his own. And he is bored. And he messages you. That’s why he tells you all those stupid, vague things. What do YOU want? Why do you want this person? Do you think that perhaps you actually like that he is not here? Is it the first time you are attracted to someone who is far away?”
She: *blushing* “No.” (defensively) “But I didn’t know from the beginning that they would be far away.”
He: “It doesn’t matter. You are drawn to these people. Why is that? Because you DON’T want a relationship.”
She: “I’m not sure that’s true.”
He: “It doesn’t matter. He is not here. If he comes here, you’ll take it from there. And if he doesn’t come back? Will you waste your time? Keep your eyes open here. And enjoy your time. Find someone who wants you and fights for you. Someone who tells you ‘I want you, I want you, I want YOU.’ Someone who FIGHTS for you. Because you deserve that.”
She, looking down: “Thank you. That’s my stop.”
He: “Goodbye. Remember to enjoy your time. Do not waste it.”
As she got off the train, she gave the guy one last look. Did he actually have a point about her not wanting a relationship?
She thought back to the people that she kept, again and again, choosing.
And then she stopped walking and remained at the platform, eyes wide open, watching the train leave and disappear into the distance.