By Rich Henry
"I don't think he wants anyone to speak to him."
"Why not? That doesn't make any sense."
"I've given him plenty of opportunities. More than anyone
I've ever been interested in. I'm not going to ignore other
guys because I'm waiting for a shy, reticent, stranger to talk
to me," said Anna.
Sarah responded, "Maybe he isn't good at small talk and gets
really nervous when he sees you?"
"Then why is he always staring at me? How does he expect us
to become involved if he never utters a word to me?" Anna
answered, and then continued, "Since I've never spoken to him
either, I can hardly call him up to chat. What if he is always
staring at me because I remind him of someone else?"
"I don't know. I've seen him looking in your direction and
I've seen you do the same. Seeing you two stare at each other
for so long is scary. It's like looking straight into the sun,"
Sarah went on, "Then I see you turn away in a daze, exhausted.
And so far, you've never acknowledge the stares to anyone, even
"I can barely speak of him now, I'm always surprised when
our eyes meet and it happens," Anna said. "It leaves
exhausted. It's such an intense feeling, words can't describe it."
"Are you in love?"
"Yes," Anna said, surprised by her own admission.
"Yes, I know."
"I wonder if he makes love in total silence?" Sarah asked
"I'm still wondering if he can speak."
"You have heard him talking haven't you?" Sarah asked,
"Didn't you go to a party and he was there?"
"Yes, but he only half-heartedly responded to other people's
conversations, with `oh's' and `hmmm's'. When I did say
something to him, he listened so intensely and hung on my every
word, that it got me so flustered that I couldn't speak
"Didn't anybody notice this?" Sarah questioned. "Somebody
must have seen it and thought it strange; I mean if he was
staring and you were stuttering incoherently!"
"No. No one said anything to me," said Anna. "Afterwards,
I stood by myself, in hopes he would try talk to me again but a
line of people kept coming up and talking to me."
"You're so popular," Sarah said jokingly.
"No. You know what I mean. I separated myself just so he
could bump into me and we could try talking again. But he just
talked with other people and kept glancing in my direction to
make sure I hadn't left and we would hold the stare for an
eternity and then he'd join back in the conversation. He never
even tried to make a move in my direction," Anna explained.
"Weird," said Sarah. "He must be very shy and totally in
love with you. Because if he just wanted to scam on you he would
have just walked over and started talking like it was no big
"He seems confident, in a subtle sort of way. He never
brags or puts people down. I just can't believe I scared him so
much that he couldn't come over and speak to me."
"Maybe it's the way you look at him? When he gets close you
get a happy, but terrified look in your eyes. You look like you
can't breathe, it's really strange to see," Sarah explained
further. "He probably wants to talk to you but you strike the
fear of God into him and it scares him off."
"Did you notice him when he started working here?" Anna
"Yes. He's very good-looking and very polite. He is a bit
unnerving though, but I have talked to him, but he never gave any
of himself away," said Sarah.
"Have you....," Anna asked carefully, begging the question,
"ever seen him looking at me? Or heard him talking about me?"
"I've seen him looking at you and I have to say it looks
like he is so in love with you that he is about to break. And
when you are talking and laughing with other people, one can see
that it's breaking his heart. He wants to be the one you're talking
and laughing with. If he doesn't talk to you soon, he may die.
"That's all I've noticed," smiled Sarah.
"Not too much then?" Anna said ironically. "I think I feel
the same way. When he talks with other women I lose all sense of
touch and my heart aches in its emptiness."
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