You’ll never notice me.
Because I keep to myself. Eyes always lowered, back stiff and straight, hands clasped in the prayer posture. It’s my way of saying – I’m unconcerned by your presence. My world is me, and I like it that way.
But do you notice that I’m extra still, not a twitch nor a quiver, not even an over-exaggerated sigh, or a shift of my finger.
The lesser the movement, the more the quiet, the much better I can listen.
That’s what I do. And you presume that I’m some sad, boring stranger.
I feed off your words and keep them in a vault. My mind is a cash register, but money isn’t its concern. The value of your conversation makes me richer, exciting the urge to know more and sink deeper and deeper.
But it’s not my dirty job. It’s yours.
You provide me with whatever you want to. And I’m happy and satisfied, giving you your space to chatter on and on. Would you be so free with your words if you knew I was eavesdropping on you?
Yes, you heard it right. Eavesdrop.
To me it’s not something new. I’ve been doing it since I was two. You wonder how. Even my parents would have never guessed that.
There’s something so fulfilling in listening in. It’s unmarked territory, a half-baked mystery, and the surprises never cease to amaze me.
Dirty jokes, risky rumors, family secrets, useless humor. Her daughter, his mother, the pervert professor, and sexy gardeners.
Never knew freshly mowed lawns could be so risqué.
I relax every muscle, open my ears, and expand my range of hearing.
Haven’t you ever zoned out? Drowning out the irrelevant, solely focusing on distinct voices. They come to you like well-trained pets.
So, what do I stand to gain? Not too much.
A pound of glee, several ounces of gratification.
And a shiny badge of ‘Silent Participant’ in someone else’s private discussion.
The old man’s funeral should have brought closure. But his son will never forget the dying man’s last words – No Mercy To Be Shown.
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