Prompt- Your protagonist and your antagonist are riding on the same train at the same moment.
Note- I’m sorry for not posting up a prompt yesterday, however, if you read my previous post, “You Have Bewitched Me, Body and Soul.” you will discover why. Moving on then, Allons-y!
Think about your day. Think about your everyday. What do you do? Where do you go? Who do you see?
Have you ever taken a moment to just look about you while you go through your day and really take in what you are seeing? Do you just gloss over the people in the same elevator as you or do you take the time to notice that the tall, plump man to your right has a small scar from his chin, going slightly up his jaw line? Do you take the time to notice that the woman who is standing in front of you has her hat on crooked because she was running late this morning, forgetting she had left her hat in the car the previous night?
No, you don’t. Nobody ever really does, do they? They just go about their business, their eyes scanning over people and things not taking in that certain people and certain things will affect them later in life, that they are on the same set path, destined to run into each other again.
When you meet somebody for the first time and there is something familiar about them, but you can’t seem to understand why, haven’t you ever wondered why that is? You know them somehow, spoken to them maybe, but, yet, you are quite certain you have never met this person before in your life. Well, there’s a simple explanation for it. You have met that person before and you haven’t. It’s both, isn’t that brilliant?!
Take the elevator example from before. You walk in merely glancing at the person you are going to be standing in front of for duration of your ride, walk out and never think about that person again, can’t even properly recall what they looked like. However, a day, month, three years later you both are properly introduced and then there’s that feeling of familiarity. That is the very reason why you should take notice of your surroundings, of people and things.
Ted was guilty of such behavior. He rarely looked anyone in the eyes, or looked around him to make sure the leaves were still green. He just stayed in his mind on his way to work, like most people who rode the train.
If he had payed attention he would have seen the older lady to his left whom was wearing too much purple. She would have no other affect to his life after today, but if he had taken the time to notice her they would have found a connection by a mutual acquaintance who Ted, lost track of three years back. This mutual acquaintance had fallen ill three month prior. The fact remains, Ted did not notice, did not ask anything and therefore will continue to live in silence with his ill friend.
Instead of watching the scenery outside or scenarios in his head he would have looked down and noticed the gum sticking to his briefcase, which will cause a slightly embarrassing scene in the meeting he has later that morning.
Instead, Ted saw none of this and neither did a certain other man whom was riding the train that day. Opposite Ted, four seats down sat a man, who much like Ted payed no attention to those around him. If he had he would have noticed the logo Ted has plastered to the back of his brief case. This logo would have accelerated a two year long process, if it had been noticed.
Ted will just have to wait. Wait for two years for the right time and the right place to meet this man again.