It was an upscale party. A friend – and the hostess – had invited her because they had been worried she was spending too much time alone. Though a party was not her usual forté she agreed, if only to get the friend off her back.
From the house steps she could already hear the revelry from inside. She took a breath, adjusted her dress, and entered. Inside people were laughing and a general feeling of good cheer was in the air. Though that was all on the surface. All the conversations she engaged in and heard felt the same. Everyone was focused on themselves and the want to be more interesting then the next person.
When the opportunity came she politely excused herself and went outside. There was a small park across the street and that’s where she went. She only needed to recharge before going back inside and a decent reason to leave the party early.
A few short moments later there were approaching footsteps followed by a man’s voice. “I can see why you came outside,” the man started to say, “Nature isn’t pretending to be something it’s not.”
She recognized him from the party. He had been discussing market shares and stocks to a selection of avid listeners. She had not been one of them.
“Is that why you’re here?” She gave him a questioning look. “Tired of pretending?”
He shrugged and leaned against the bench where she sat. “Could say the same of you.”
Only a hint of annoyance wore on her face. Why was he here? Obviously she came to be alone, otherwise she would have stayed at the party. She had to look up slightly now if she wanted to talk to him properly. “I didn’t ask for company.” She stated plainly.
He responded smoothly. “I’m not company. I’m Jake.” His quip made her smile.
Already it was more interesting outside of the party then in.
Ali (Check out his Flickr!)
Jacket: BlankLine – Flight Jacket [Black]
Pose: CKEY Poses – Just One Touch (slightly edited)