I hate blood tests but I barely flinch when I have them. I am so used to them these days. I am also no longer repulsed when the pathologist gets me to look at the full viles of blood to check my details. I kind of like the tiny bandaids they put on afterwards. They aren’t as cool as the stickers and bravery certificates I used to get as a child though.
After the blood test and before checking my bank account, I spent money on a few bits and pieces, not that I need them but you know, I needed them in the moment. I got on a train to come home and I was just standing there, minding my own business when some random guy walked past me, stopped and then came right up close. I was beginning to feel quite panicked but there were lots of people around so I figured they would step in if I needed help. Here’s how our conversation went-
(As he was a creepy train guy, I will refer to him as CFG)
Me- Uh, hi.
CFG- Do I know you?
CGF- I know you from somewhere! Did you go to Suchandsuch High School?
CFG- Did you finish high school a year ago?
CGF- two years ago?
CFG- three years ago?
CFG- four years ago?
CFG- Five years ago?!
CFG- More than five years ago?!
CFG- Are you still in High School then?
CFG- Huh? How does that work?!
Me- (considers talking with some sort of accent but decides it’s too late now) Look, I’m not from around here, you don’t know me, OK?
He walked away and not even five seconds later I see him asking another young girl the exact same questions. Luckily he got off the train at the next stop.
It was really strange. I was already planning to change carriages if he didn’t get off the train.
I now have a good response when in awkward or scary situations. I’ll just keep repeating “no”, it seemed to confuse this guy a bit and maybe he thought I was a bit mad. (Because maybe I am!)
I didn’t lie. I didn’t know him. I didn’t go to whatever high school he mentioned and I am not from the area we were in. I wasn’t going to tell him when I finished high school, it’s none of his business. The other girl seemed to learn from me and simply said, “No you don’t know me.” She got off the train at the same stop as him but hopefully she hovered around a bit so he couldn’t talk to her anymore.
People can be such creepers.