Unfortunately tonight's showing was at 7pm not 9pm. I debated whether to watch the movie that they were showing at 9pm. It looked interesting. But money is quite tight currently as I am borrowing into my line of credit and I decided to return on Wednesday or Thursday to watch the movie that I came to see. I began the walk back to my apartment.
A couple of blocks from the theater and I was approaching a pair of ducks who were standing in the middle of a sidewalk that was about two meters wide from the building to the street, and I began plotting a path to walk on the road so as to not disturb them. The female was quite busy preening herself. The male appeared to be wondering why she had to do it there. Walking towards the ducks and myself from the other direction was a woman, already much closer to them I was. She stepped onto the road and walked passed them. As she returned to the sidewalk and passed between me and the ducks she either grinned or smiled (it can be difficult to tell when you are slightly shortsighted) as if to say that she was not crazy. I passed the ducks and stopped as I returned to the sidewalk and looked back.
"Would you be impulsive enough to join me for a movie at the Princess?" That is what I had a strong impulse to say. But I hesitated and the moment was gone. Opportunities coincide with impulses too rarely. Another woman who this aging loner might see again in the room of mirrors when he looks back at what might have been and reflects on the reality of who he is.