The young 20-ish man looked as though he would walk by her sitting on the bench waiting for the train, but he stopped.
Him: Excuse me, but can you spare a homeless person some money for dinner. I'm hungry.
Her: I'm sorry, I haven't anything. And it was the truth. She hadn't been to the bank.
Him: You sure? Not even some change?
Her: No, nothing. Because she also didn't typically hand money over to panhandlers.
Him, sitting down and lighting up a cigarette: Are you ok?
Her, coughing and gagging and making liberal use of an inhaler: I will be. Just a bit of asthma. She'd learned her lesson this time about running for trains in extreme cold. Did her in every time.
Him, motioning to the cig: Oh, is this bothering you?
Her: Well, the smoke is blowing away from me so it's ok for now. What kind of a moron lights up a cig right next to a woman gasping for breath and holding an inhaler, anyway?
Him: So where do you live?
Her, motioning with her thumb in the direction of the train: That way. Yeah right, like I'm gonna tell you where I live.
Him: So you work in the city?
Her: nods head
Him: Where? And where do you live?
Her: I live a couple of stations away, and I work downtown. I'm not telling you where I live, for fuck's sake.
Him: You have beautiful eyes.
Her: Thank you. Yet again, someone uses my eyes because they want something.
Him: Where are you from? Are you from Germany?
Her: No, I'm not.
Him: I had a girlfriend with blue eyes once.
Her: says nothing. My eyes are green, dude.
Him: Where are you from? Norway?
Her: I have no idea.
Him: I always think of people with red hair being from Norway or some place like that.
Her: says nothing. Norway??? Norway??? What about Ireland, dumbo.
Him: I can't believe I didn't do any drugs today and somehow I still wound up broke.
Her: looks at him and smiles. Wait a minute, you do drugs and you're asking me for money???
Him: I had 8 bucks on me, and I only ate chinese food. I think that guy at the chinese restaurant ripped me off.
Her: looks at him and smiles. Wait a minute, you ate? And fucking Chinese food? And you're asking me for money! Know what I ate today? A little salad. And some orange slices. And I went to the fucking gym and worked off 400 calories. I'm so hungry my hands are shaky. And you're asking me for money for food?!
Him: Well, I think I'll go wait inside, it's cold out here.
Her: looks at him and smiles.
One day, my inner dialogue will come forth in an explosion. God help the person on the receiving end when it happens.