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41. English Only
Blair needed a break from the indoor life.
it seemed like he was in his apartment
/7. He had recently found a perfect outdoor cure.
was a new coffeehouse which served 45 kinds
coffee and tea. He liked it because the
was good and the place was never overcrowded.
coffeehouse was only a 10-minute walk, which Blair
took. There were three female customers in the
. None of them were young and pretty. Blair
a little disappointed. He’d prefer to see good-looking
while he was drinking good coffee, but you
’t have everything.
He ordered a large “coffee of
day,” which was $1.70. He gave the clerk
dollars. He put the change in the tip
and took his coffee outside. Blair preferred to
outside. That way he could watch the traffic
the street. He liked to try to spot
motorcycles and 1960 station wagons.
He sat at
table under an umbrella, opened his book, and
reading. The book was a self-improvement book. Blair
been reading it on and off for about
years. He hadn’t noticed any improvement. A woman
approaching the patio. Blair looked up to see
she was attractive. She was. And she was
herself. He returned to the book as she
by him. Blair kept looking at the pages,
his mind was on the woman.
later, she came outside holding a cup of
and sat at the table right next to
’s. Her chair was so close to his that
could have reached over and touched her on
right shoulder. There were four other empty tables
the patio. Why had she sat at this
, so close to him? Was she telling him
she was available? Was she hoping that he
make a move?
Blair went back to his
. But he wasn’t reading the words; he was
about the woman. What could he say to
? How could he break the ice? What was
good line? “What blend are you drinking?” “Your
smells nice.” “Weren’t we in the same art
But maybe she wasn’t interested in him at
. Maybe she just wanted to sit and drink
peace. Yet why would she sit right here?
head was spinning. He must say something.
, her cell phone rang. She answered it, then
, then started talking animatedly. That’s got to be
boyfriend, Blair thought.
But from the moment she
the phone, it didn’t matter if she had
boyfriend or not, because she was speaking another
. Blair was not interested in a girl who
't speak English. He went back to his book
his coffee. It tasted good.