GETTING TO KNOW A STRANGER
Fingers touched as she passed him the in-flight meal.
Then there was the careful chat and long looks that
are so full of meaning when folks first meet. All too
soon their seatbelts were fastened for landing.
"I don't usually do this," said June as they exchanged
name cards. "So, you're Stratford. Oh my, that does
sound rather grand."
"Let's have lunch tomorrow," said Stratford. June's
eyes opened just a little wider when he added. "I'll
send my car round for you."
Next day came and a lovely old limo pulled up to
collect her. The neatly uniformed driver turned out to
be a larger-than-life character. His king-size grey
moustache fluttered in and out as he loudly pointed
out the beauty or otherwise of landmarks along the
route. But his thoughts soon drifted way beyond the
"You like my boss then?" said the driver with a
fatherly sort of a grin. "All the girls like my boss."
"Yes, he is nice," said June, "I think he is really nice."
"OK nice is nice, but would you make babies with
him, lots of smiling babies?
June pretended to be looking out the window but she
giggled long and hard.
The driver persisted. "What about making babies?
Bet you they would be real pretty like you and smart
like my boss."
"So why not smart like me," said June, "and pretty
"So you might make babies with him?"
"Oh yes, perhaps," said June. "Sounds like your boss
is quite a character but what does he do for a living?"
"Oh, just a struggling young actor," said Stratford as
he stopped at a red light and pulled off the king-size
Getting to know a Stranger
was published in
Adroit Journal, Issue 1.3