The Biggest Jerk In The Universe, I Was

It wasn’t as packed as it usually does. My body ached, but the melodius Corrine May soothed my frayed nerve after a long day at work.

A sudden movement to my right caught my eye, and I realised a girl is speaking to me.

She is slightly shorter than me, perhaps in her mid-20s, with shoulder length wavy hair, and a very pale fair complexion. Her eyes are large… and red too, I couldn’t help but noticed.

So I pulled out my earphone and said, “Sorry?”

She repeated herself, “May I know you?”

My brain convulsed and spasmed at that. Confused is an understatement. I didn’t know how to react, so I stared at her blankly for a moment and utter the single most idiotic response in the whole universe.


She held my gaze for a second longer than comfortable, and (I could have imagined this) a million thoughts danced behind her eyes, bringing a little tear to her already red eyes.

She shaked her head and muttered, “Never mind…”

I was dumbfounded and afraid that she might break down crying, so I said the second most idiotic response in the whole universe.

“Are you okay?”

Why do people ask that? Unless your life has turned against you and make everything hell for you, you will say okay.

Perhaps, that is exactly what this girl was feeling.

She shaked her head again and said, “I’m okay.” With that, she turned her body away from me.

I was flabbergasted and not sure what to do. My mind was whirling with what had just happened, and between Dhobby Gaut and Ang Mo Kio, I came up with three possible scenario.

One: She just broke up with her lover, and was so lost that she really need to talk to someone. Even a stranger on the train. If so, I must have been the biggest jerk in the universe for turning a blind eye to a lady in distress.

Two: She was about to commit suicide, and decided that if she can get to know a stranger on the train, she will change her mind. If so, I must have been an even bigger jerk than before for not saving a soul doomed for hell (I am strong believer that people who commit suicide will go to hell. At least, they will go some place that is not as nice as heaven. People who commit suicide are coward and ran away from their problems and bring unhappiness to those around them. But then again, I digress. I really really do)

Where was I? Oh. Three: She found me good looking and decided to pick me up. If so, I should really start get used to such direct, blatant pick up line in the whole universe.

By the time I came to the third scenario, my train pulled into Ang Mo Kio. At which point I promptly walked out the door without looking back.

I had never feel so small.

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  1. Leon Koh says:

    I think asians are generally more reserved to want to talk to strangers.. its not wrong, but would have been nice to just chat a little, as she’s a lady and must have got all her courage to approach you.. well be ready for the next one!


  2. chris says:


    on the positive side, maybe its just another money borrowing scam or something?

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