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Jan 9, 2008

Beaten by Girls

. Jan 9, 2008

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This afternoon I want something spicy for lunch so I go to a bright little joint called "Cha for Tea". They serve all kinds of exotic teas with "boba" or gelatin pearls, curried chicken and noodle dishes of every variety. I order and luckily find a seat in the green and yellow shop packed with students from CSU Long Beach across the street.

I scan the crowd and listen to my neighbors hoping to catch something interesting, but the restaurant plays music videos on a wall-mounted flat screen and it's hard to hear anything else. Loud guffaws draw my attention to three young Asian boys in a corner booth. All wear caps, two have positioned the bills to the side and the other sports his backwards. Two wear sports jerseys, the other a white t-shirt that hangs to his knees. All three wear long silver chains with links an inch or two wide and enormous medallions. They hold their chains out with two hands and slide their medallions back and forth. One has a design shaved into his short black hair, partially visible under the edge of the cap.

The boys are jumpy and now slap their hands on the table in tune to a cell phone or other device that plays a hip hop song on speaker. Slap.....slap, slap! Slap....slap, slap! A few patrons shoot over-the-shoulder glances at them. They laugh louder. Slap....slap, SLAP! The young couple in the booth next to them begins packing up laptops. One of the cashiers now looks tentatively at the boys and bites her thumb nail. They explode in exaggerated laughter again.

The bell on the door handle jingles faintly under the din. Four young Asian girls enter. Two wear short plaid skirts, long socks and tight sweaters. The others wear jeans and puffy jackets. One walks on black boots with stiletto heels. Their hair is long, shiny black. Black boots wears stylish red prescription glasses and carries a Mac laptop.

The couple next to the boys has packed up and exits their booth. The girls walk over to take it. They pass the three boys who bounce wildly to their music, swing their medallions and look the girls over. The girl in the boots stops in front of them just for a second. "Haha HA!" she says and nudges her friend in the back. The girls sit down and whisper together. They laugh conspiratorially and Boots looks at the boys again. She shakes her head and opens the laptop.

The boys fall silent. Their hands cease slapping. The medallions fall back to their chests. The cell phone is turned off. About 15 minutes later, they leave. As they pass through the door, one turns his sideways cap forward.

28 Whispers:

PhiRatE said...

Muahaha awesome :)

Spirit said...

Hahahaha, that's awesome! It's amazing the effect the opposite gender can have on one with just a little scorn. :) It's amazing some of the things that happen in the world around us that most of us fail to notice. I'm glad you bring them to light in your blog. I think I would like to incorperate something similar to this in one of my stories. It just gives me such good ideas for a scene I thought was too boring but hard to liven up without taking about the realism. Thank you for sharing.

bluecrystaldude said...

haha! This should goes well with the say, "Women do wonder"

Vienne said...

Phirate, I love your evil laugh!

Hello Spirit, indeed - just those few actions from the girls pulled the plug on the boys' egos just like that! I'm so pleased you've found some inspiration in this post. Cheers!

That's for sure, Bluecrystaldude. Thanks for stopping by!

AntiBarbie said...

My Sister can do that with a single look. It very aptly says, "Wow. If I were that big of a loser I would kill myself!"

I have a look I do too but it's more along the lines of: "I wanna slap the stupid out of you."

kristinaQ said...

ha... ridiculous people in this world hmmmm

Vienne said...

Hello Antibarbie, those are very handy looks. I have a sideways glance that says, "I'm listening to every word" but I ususally hope no one notices it!

Kristinaq, 'ridiculous' fits. Yeah, 'ridiculous' came to mind under the glare of those medallions.

Lovebabz said...

The power of a woman's stance. No one ever talks about how Girls can swagger. You capture a rae moment of Girl Power. Oh and Happy New Year!
Love,
Babz

Bubbles said...

I really love your style of writing. Thought provoking and entertaining.
Wish this was a short story and you could continue with the story of the 3 lads etc...

Vienne said...

Hi Lovebabz, I do love the word 'swagger'! I wish you the best for the new year, too.

Hello Bubbles and thank you. I often do continues these posts as short stories on my own or just free form ideas to jog my imagination. I continue to believe eavesdropping is a great source of inspiration. In fact, I'm building a second blog to share some of my short stories soon. Stay tuned!

Sandra said...

Tres Chic. I love your writing style!

Vienne said...

Thank you, Sandra! Hope to see you again.

Ali said...

That's fantastic. I love it.

Vienne said...

Ali, I agree! Thanks for reading.

cardiogirl said...

Hey woman, I tagged you for an Entrecard meme over at my place. I love your overheard conversations. So clever.

Some random stranger said...

Can you start taking a webcam with you. To see that would have pretty much made my year. It is not that I currently hate most of the kids like that...but...well, I kinda hate em.

I know sound like Mr Angry from the UK!!

ana said...

hahaha wonderful post, enjoyed reading it

Chhaya said...

i just LOVE ur style! its so free flowing. i m an aspiring writer too, but nowhere near your quality!!!

keep in touch

love and greetings from India

Vienne said...

Thank you Cardio Girl! I'm going to check it shortly :)

Hi Stranger, I have to admit, in my ultimate eavesdropping fantasy I have a pen camera in my bag. That would definitely add some spy flavor to the mix.

Thanks, Ana. Glad it made you laugh!

Welcome Chhaya! Thanks for your kind words. Everyone has their own writing style (thankfully). Aspire to find your own voice and you won't go wrong. Stick with your writing! Whenever someone enjoys writing, I always encourage them to experiment with creativity and voice. You'll surprise yourself!

Anonymous said...

Love your posts. The theme of eavesdropping is awesome. :D

-CyberfiZZle

Vienne said...

Hey thanks, Cyberfiz. I do enjoy my eavesdropping!

Flowers On A Friday said...

the turning round of his hat says it all!!

the power of the put-down. classic.

Hye said...

Hahaha... This story is great. It signifies girl power. I like your writing style. Will be visiting here oftem :D

Hye
A Blog of Thoughts and Opinions

Vienne said...

Welcome Flowers on a Friday! Yes, that adjustment really caught my eye. A bonafide wing clipping!

Hello Hye and thank you. Long live GIRL POWER!

deathsweep said...

Funny how people feel the need for attention...and love it! Until that attention turns to mockery, no matter how subtle. This only tells me that the boys knew what they were doing was bothering others but only seemed to care when someone they looked up to showed disapproval - nevermind the rest.

icepricessa said...

its was a good read and very amusing too =) girl power lol

Love your blog, will be dropping by more often.

Michele said...

Oh that is too awesome! I glad someone put an end to their obnoxious behavior.

he-he I bet they think twice next time they try to "act cool".

luaphacim said...

I've been there before, so I feel for those boys as much as I despise them. :-)

Thanks for sharing your keen eyes and ears with us, vienne -- I'm adding you to my google/ig homepage! :-)

 

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