Like We Were Friends or Something by James Babbs

I didn’t know him
he just came up to me
when I was sitting at the bar
took the stool next to mine
he started talking
like we were friends or something
talking about some guy he’d seen
yeah he said
he was down at Casey’s
out there in the parking lot
holding a bottle of pop
and he was smoking this little cigar
he pronounced cigar like see-gar
then he threw his head back and laughed
craziest thing I ever saw he said
I guess I didn’t get the joke
hey man  he said
he slapped me on the back
nearly made me spill my beer
I put down my glass
turned around and looked at him
hey I said
I came in here
for some peace and quiet
I have no idea
what the hell you’re talking about
he leaned over and
gave me this huge grin
okay
okay he said come on
let me buy you a beer man
I put my hand up
no I said
that’s okay
no
no he said
and he waved at the bartender
before I could stop him
he pointed at me
another beer he said
for my friend here
then laughed again
I said look
we’re not friends
before I finished the beer I had
then picked up the new one
the bartender had put in front of me
okay
okay he said
I took my beer and moved
to the other end of the bar
I heard him laugh again
then watched as someone new came in
and took the stool
I had just left behind
I saw the guy turn
and start talking to them
now
it was my turn to laugh

James Babbs Photo 2
James Babbs is a writer, a dreamer, a three-time loser and an all-around nice guy who just wants to be left alone. James is the author of Disturbing The Light(2013) & The Weight of Invisible Things(2013) and has hundreds of poems and a few short stories scattered all over the internet.

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