A: I’m sorry…do I know you?
B: Ugh, why does everyone think that they know someone?
A: Didn’t mean to offend you, you just look very familiar.
B: You are right. We had sex at the gay bar, gay bar…
B: No, we didn’t do that.
A: Are you mentally stable?
B: What kind of question is that?
A: Right now? A pretty logical one.
B: I really don’t know. Have a seat.
A: I think I should be going.
B: You started this.
A: I’m sure you have things to do. Besides, you moved your head to the right a little and from this light I can tell that you are correct, I don’t know you. Have a good day.
B: Why not sit and kill a couple of minutes?
B: You are kind of cute.
A: I have a boyfriend.
B: Who said anything about boyfriends? I just thought it’d be nice to have a chat with an attractive woman. Who says I’m trying to get in your pants.
A: Just the usual expectation.
B: Very confident of yourself.
A: I’m not going to sit here to be verbally abused.
B: Confidence is a good thing. It kept you suspicious of me until I made you feel at ease.
A: Wouldn’t say I feel at ease. Just curious where this is going.
B: Doesn’t have to go anywhere. We can have a glorious chat. Stand up. Go our separate ways. Only have the memory of this as a reminder that it happened. That one day you had one of those what if moments and took it.
A: So what do you want to talk about?
B: How’s your mother these days?
A: You don’t know…she’s fine. Little neurotic but at sixty-two who isn’t.
B: Spend enough time in one body and you have those moments of neuroses.
A: You’ve been in more than one body?
A: If you want me to talk to you you have to speak like a human being.
B: How am I speaking?
A: Like someone you saw his family butchered as a child.
B: That’s a very bizarre statement.
A: Just keeping with the times.
B: Not that this has anything to do with how my development into the adult that I am now but, as a child I did see a dead body.
A: Really, like “Stand by Me”.
B: Not at all. I lived in apartments and the man that lived downstairs from me took a trip into the woods that held ground behind us. Took a gun and shot himself. I saw a gathering, thought maybe it was an ice cream social. I was wrong.
A: What did you do?
B: What could I do? Just accepted it and moved on. Didn’t really know the guy so I couldn’t sympathize, I mean yeah, sucked he did that. When the next day came about I just lived my life as if he were still downstairs.
A: So you are the friend of a friend of a friend that knows someone that heard about a boy that saw a dead body.
B: You have it backwards. I’d be the boy that saw the dead body that told someone who told the friend of a friend of your friend.
A: Right. Nothing like that ever happened to me. Had a friend that said she saw an angel.
B: Wings and all.
A: Actually no. Just an old lady on an electric scooter at a grocery store.
B: Like angels do.
A: Exactly. Said she knew it was an angel because she looked away for a second and when she turned back the lady was gone.
B: Could’ve been a ghost.
A: Or an old lady on an electric scooter who forgot she needed her goiter medication and scooted off to get it.
B: Or…it could’ve been an angel.
A: You believe that?
B: Never know. Can’t be proven one way or the other unless you can find the old lady.
A: Probably dead and gone by now.
B: Or, saving souls and picking up a bag of frozen peas all in one stop.
A: Do angels save souls?
B: I thought faith saved your soul. It’s all kind of confusing. I know there is a lot of water involved.
A: I nearly drowned when I got baptized.
B: As a baby?
A: No, found God as a teenager. Thought it would change my life. Put me on the straight and narrow.
B: Did it?
A: It felt good to have the illusion of being loved. But when it really came down to it, when I needed Him most He was never there.
B: Maybe you almost drowning at your baptism was a sign you were going down the wrong path. I put a lot of faith in things happen for a reason.
A: Do you think that things happening are a plan from a spectral being?
B: I think that the decisions that we make lead us to the life we are supposed to live. I don’t believe there are coincidences. Say I didn’t look to the left when you were walking towards me. You can say that all you want because no matter what I would have. Why? Because this is happening. I wouldn’t be explaining why this wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t happening and since it has happened there is no way to make it un-happen? I was supposed to look to the left and you were supposed to ask me if you knew me because that is what we were supposed to do. Just like if you build a time machine to go back in time to save your wife from dying, you can’t because if she doesn’t die you never build the time machine. It’s what you were supposed to do so you can’t change anything that led up to it.
B: You are saying that we were destined to meet.
A: Not saying that at all. I’m saying that we met because we were supposed to. I don’t know why we met or what this is even all about. Could just be a chance encounter to have a conversation with another person. Happens all the time.
A: You are leaving out the one part you are scared to say.
B: I’m not scared to say anything. I’m not going to try and say that we were destined to meet because you are my soul mate or such. Just met you. Don’t know you. One thing I do know is that you have a boyfriend.
A: What if I didn’t?
B: What if the the moon was a pimple on a witches teat? We could what if all night.
A: What if I am your soul mate?
B: What if my anus turns into a microwave?
A: You can’t know for sure.
B: If we did where would the mysteries of life lie? Here’s the thing. I’ve spent too much of my life assuming. I’m trying to live my life day by day and just seeing where it takes me. If I meet someone and fall in love them then I will let it take its course to see if that one is my soul mate. I don’t believe you can know a soul mate from a chance encounter. You have to experience each other first. In all spectrums.
B: Sexually. The usual roundabouts.
A: I do believe the saying that if you stop looking for something that is when you will find it.
B: I’m going to stop you here because it seems like you are trying to sell me on the fact that we could be soul mates.
A: I’m doing no such thing. I’m just asking questions to further inquire about your beliefs. Just using us as an example because we are sitting right here. Would you prefer it if I made up…hold up, didn’t you just tell me you are trying to stop assuming things and here you go assuming that I want to pressure you into the asinine belief that we could be soul mates. That’s only punishing yourself. Because you are wrong. Now you feel shitty.
B: Not really.
A: What time is it?
B: Half past something I assume.
B: I don’t know.
A: Well, I have to go pick up my mother from the salon. What do you want to do here?
B: Let’s do this. You want to test our soul mate compatibility. Let’s do nothing. We’ll leave it to the whomever in the cosmos makes these decisions. We see each other again. It could very well be that there’s something here.
A: That sounds good.
B: I guess this is goodbye, maybe.
A: I guess so.