…and closely watch two people interact. Then write about a scene about two people in a cafe.
Mike leaned forward on the table, coffee steaming in the cup in front of him, as he listened to Shannon talk. A faint smile on the corner of his lips as he kept his eyes locked with hers. If the attention made her uncomfortable, Shannon didn’t show any sign as she gestured with her hands as she described her camping trip.
“So there we are, all of us stuck in the tree, as this big bear goes through and just eats all of our food.” She laughs, spreading her arms to emphasize the size of the bear. “Then it stole Devin’s beer and wandered back into woods.”
Lifting his coffee to his mouth, Mike pauses and lets out a chuckle, “That had to be terrifying. Glad you made it back alive.”
“Yeah, me too. I swear, next time I go camping I’m bringing an electric fence or something.” Shannon laughs, picking a piece off her doughnut. “So what about your weekend? What’d you do?”
Mike leans back in his chair, leaning his head side to side slightly as he thinks about the past few days. “Nothing much. It was certainly a far less bear filled time than you, that was sure.” She smiles at him, leaning forward a little as if to hang off his words a little more. “Tidied the house a bit, caught a movie with Jonah.” Mike says with a shrug, “Missing you a little.”
Shannon smiles, looking down at her coffee, “Aw. That’s sweet. I missed you too.” Mike starts to slide his hand across the table, slowly inching closer to her free hand, when she looks up at him and says, “I love these little coffee dates, y’know.”
Mike pauses and nods back, “Me too.”
“That’s what I love about you, Mike. No pressure. Just two friends talking.” She says, patting his hand a little.
He only hesitates for a second, but Mike manages to smile and nod, “Yeah. Yeah, it’s good.” He subtly withdraws his hand, picking up his coffee to take another drink. In an attempt to cover up his nervous energy, Mike rubs the tip of his nose then runs his hand through his hair. “Anyways, I gotta run.” He says as he gets to his feet, a little too quickly.
“Sure! I should get going too.” Shannon says, getting up and spreading her arms wide. Mike steps in and gives her a big hug. “You still in for Thursday?” She asks him as they finally part ways.
“Thursday?” Mike says, thinking about it for a moment then nods, “Yeah, yeah. For sure.”
Shannon picks up her purse and gives him a little wave as she walks by him towards the door. Mike just stands there for a few seconds, watching her go with a hopeless look on his face before he snaps out of it and looks around to see if anyone noticed.
“Welcome to the friendzone.” He mutters to himself as he takes one last sip of his coffee.
Behind the Random: As a person who enjoys watching the social interactions of people, I’ve been witness to some pretty great friendzoning in my life. Most of the time, it seems like girls don’t even notice what standing right in front of them. Which is for the best I suppose. If they were aware and continued treating a guy like that, that would just make them a pretty terrible person.