Eye of the Beholder #shortstory

Beauty Beholder Roses

Almost dawn—we’d broken the ‘just-one-drink’ pact hours ago.

Hunger and alcohol had gotten the better of us so we queued up for a slice of pizza from the resident roach-coach.

“You are the most beautiful women I have EVER seen! Mmm!” He was tall, thin and seemingly down on his luck but offering us each a rose and trying to exude sincere charm.

Street full of Rose

My friend popped the last of her slice into her mouth and said, “Sorry man, we just spent our last dollar.”

Half way through his Barry White medley, she flashed that traffic-stopping smile of hers and continued, “I can’t take it. Man, you have the sweetest voice. Seriously, it’s like honey, but we seriously got nothin’.”

His face turned sour and he plucked the roses from our hands with the aggression of a purse snatcher and topped off our encounter with a misogynistic rant.

We snickered watching him strut down the block, all spit-and-vinegar and smirked as his sales pitch began again with another beautiful woman.

Man on the street

Author bio: Maria is the Founder and Editor of Maria Falvey…Often in an Accelerated Stall. It’s neither your usual travel blog nor standard short story anthology—not by any means. Taking on a unique and quirky view, Maria encapsulates events and observances from her experiences (abroad and in the ‘backyard’) into literary snapshots. Don’t blink, you might miss it!

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Photo credits: roses: Lodian; man on street: Sem Vandekerckhove

11 Responses to Eye of the Beholder #shortstory
  1. Maria
    November 4, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Thanks a million for allowing me to guest post on Chicky Bus – the only thing better would be to play a round of Would you Rather on this site. :-)
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    • CB Driver
      November 4, 2013 | 10:24 am

      You are very welcome–thank you! :) By the way, just wondering where this particular story took place or if it’s more of a composite of a few stories/locales.

      As for a game of Would You Rather…that sounds great–and know what? I’ve got one in the works as we speak. Might be up in a couple of weeks. Some pretty sick questions, too. He he he…

  2. Maria
    November 4, 2013 | 10:45 am

    The only time I write fiction or composites is when I’m paid for ad creation.

    Eye of the Beholder took place in Austin, Texas.

    WYR coming soon?! Yay. The last time I really had to stop and think about my answers… you’re good at walking the grey line that makes that game so much fun. :-D
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    • CB Driver
      November 4, 2013 | 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! This one will have you on the edge of your seat, I’m sure. There will be a gruesome food question included. :)

  3. northierthanthou
    November 5, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Austin Texas sounds like a great place to break the one drink rule.
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  4. Emily McIntyre
    November 5, 2013 | 10:02 pm

    Ha, Maria, this reminded me of a balloon-seller in Newport Beach, CA this summer. Great post and thanks for alerting me to Chickybus!

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    • CB Driver
      November 5, 2013 | 10:51 pm

      Hi, Emily. Nice to meet you! Maria’s a great writer, isn’t she? :)

      • Emily McIntyre
        November 6, 2013 | 7:18 am

        Hey, and yes she is! It’s so fun to stumble across other great writers in the wide world of the inter webs. Hope your day is exceptional! I’m meeting with a new client (fingers crossed) partway through, otherwise the usual running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

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        • CB Driver
          November 6, 2013 | 10:27 pm

          Thanks so much, Emily! Hope your meeting went well, and I hear you re: that kind of running around. I feel like I do that way too much.

  5. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    November 10, 2013 | 8:34 pm

    I think we have all had a few similar encounters – though yours sounds far more charming than most!
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