Had a bit of an interesting encounter with someone yesterday and figured I’d share it.
I was out for a walk when a woman stopped me to ask for directions. She looked very tired and the area that she was trying to reach was in the opposite direction to the way she had been heading. I explained quite honestly that the easiest way to get where she was going would be to catch the bus a few streets over. I explained how to get there, then offered to lead her there when she looked confused. She seemed relieved at the offer and accepted.
We made small talk as we walked and she told me that she was new to the island and that she was here with her boyfriend who was at their new home. I noticed that she kept looking around as she spoke. I didn’t have to wonder why. I could feel him. “Are you in the forces?” she suddenly asked. I was caught off guard by the strange question and told her I was not. She explained that she had asked because I moved in a very swift, determined manner. “Don’t want to be a soldier?” she laughed, sounding nervous at the same time. “Well I have thought about it before” I said, which was true. I had thought about it a couple of years ago, but I didn’t think I could actually kill anyone. Heh… oh how things change.
The conversation died off there but a few minutes later she had to run to catch the bus anyway. As the bus pulled away, I saw Ritter watching from across the street. He turned and disappeared.
I wonder if she thought I would protect her. I also wonder if I’ll be seeing her again.