This was another one of their dates. There they were, at their usual restaurant, sitting in their favourite spot beside the window having a little conversation.
He – So tell me, you’ve become a little quieter these days. What’s the reason?
She – I tend to offend people with my honesty. So I chose silence and a half smile over the years.
He – I hope I’ve never gotten the ‘half smile’, have I?
And they laughed together!
He – So who has got the most ‘half smiles’ over the years?
She – People who treat women as the lesser gender. People who mistake misogyny for chivalry! And –
And she was interrupted by the waiter.
He (waiter) – umm…excuse me. Here’s the bill.
As she reached for it, he snatched it and said
He – Don’t bother. I’ll obviously pick the tab!
She didn’t say anything and ‘half-smiled’.
Author: Zainab Haji