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The Encounter at the Café
James took another sip of his espresso as he watched a pair of shearwater birds soar overhead. The shearwaters’ song could barely be heard, however, over the din made by the crowd that had flocked to the ever popular Café Blue. There was only one seat free outside the café; university students, business associates and adults of all ages enjoyed sipping a steamy brew before the mystical scenery provided by the sea. Despite the throng, James still found solitude in the massive body of water before him. His rapport with the sea wasn’t one without its troubles though. While others blithely gazed at it amidst idle chatter, James found himself solemnly contending with it over confusing emotions.
Almost desperately, he wanted those crashing waves to wash away the amorphous troubles that never seemed to die away. He took another sip and rubbed his eyes. It was still quite early in the morning. As James slowly awoke, the sea before him drifted away. Although struggling to think, the conversations going on around him suddenly became quite conspicuous.
At a table next to his, three young women were chatting—they had been for some time, but a recently broached subject caused two of the girls to raise their voices toward one member of the party.
“You do not want to marry,” laughed one of the coterie, a vivacious and youthful girl with brown hair. Another young lady at the table laughed while the conversation’s victim rolled her eyes at her friends’ disapproval.
Her miffed companions apparently had other ideas for her future.
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