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…beneath the surface…
I watch her face as I endeavour to keep up the conversation, trying to salvage the right thoughts and words from the depths of my mind. From her facial movements and body language, I know what she’s thinking. She thinks I’m stupid and boring. The more she thinks it, the more I’m drawn to play into her view of me. She nods at my remark, but her mind is elsewhere, developing an escape strategy.
“Well, lovely meeting you,” she says. “Must move on.”
I hope my smile and raised shoulders portray the inevitableness of her action.
“Good riddance,” I say, beneath the surface.