The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Shyness is Nice, But…

I watched the boy watching the girl. He is cute, but with a very young face. He’s outfitted with the narrow black jeans and black hooded jacket of most guys his age. The girl works at the bakery and uses silver tongs to endlessly move croissants, cakes, and muffins from one end of the case to the other.

I find it charming how he waits for speak to her. How he orders bread quickly, how he can barely look at her while she counts out his change. He sits for a minute at a small table, smiling and choosing various postures where he can rest his restless hands. The girl looks a bit old for him, but age is hard for me to judge her since nearly all the women here wear either no makeup of far, far too much.

He sees me writing about him, about her–and kindly, suspiciously looks in my direction. I’m only here as a part of his self-consciousness, not as a part of his evening. I give him a nod of support, hoping he’ll say something to the girl so I can continue the story, but it comes to a close as he hurries shyly to the street, shyly away from a his baking angel and the scrawling spectator.

–Vienna, Austria.


9 comments on “Shyness is Nice, But…

  1. suej
    December 28, 2013

    Oh, you made him even more shy!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 30, 2013

      Oh geez, I didn’t mean to make him even more shy! 🙂 This was a rather adorable trait of many Austrian men I met–young and old.
      Happy New Year, Sue!

      • suej
        January 1, 2014

        🙂 Happy New Year to you, Paige!

  2. joannerambling
    December 28, 2013

    Oh to be so young and so shy and being watched doesn’t help………….lol

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 30, 2013

      Yes, well, I tried to look encouraging! I suppose he didn’t want me to write it down if things didn’t work out. 🙂
      Happy New Year, Joanne!

  3. michaelwatsonvt
    December 30, 2013

    Oh, So very familiar !

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 30, 2013

      I think we’ve all been there! It can take a lot of nerve, but one day perhaps he’ll hustle back and talk with her again. 🙂
      Happy New Year, Michael!

  4. Jonathan Caswell
    January 3, 2014

    I think that’s why my wife chased me! 🙂

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