Youniverse; a particular person has knowledge only of him or herself, their universe consists only of them.
That geeky looking woman was on the bus again! I clutched the handle bar and glowed at her. She was taking up two seats! Her rucksack was on one and she was bent over it reading a book. She had headphones on too and her back to everyone.
I knew that signal; don’t disturbed me. But how could you be so rude on a bus this busy?
Sighing, I struggled for arm room against the people I was sandwiched in-between. I wondered if anyone else had clocked her? A glance around told me not really, everyone else seemed in their own bubbles too.
Frustration and angry waved off me. Today was the day, I told myself.
After a bus stop which no one seemed to get off but more people got on at, I weaved my way over to her.
The headphones were padded, so only touching her would get her attention. I did so; lightly tapping her with my fingers.
She looked up and around at me.
I pointed at her bag. She glanced at it and turned back to me, sliding a headphone off.
‘Can I sit down, please?’ I asked her.
She frowned and seemed to be struggling for words. She was clearly surprised I’d spoke to her and it was as if she suddenly realised she was on a bus full of people and not by herself. Thankfully, she then picked up her bag and shuffled across the seats.
I sank down, balancing on the edge. She was a large woman which was the other reason why she took up so much space. I recalled when I’d been over eighteen stone too. Now I was closer to twelve stone and much better off. So, I couldn’t judge too harshly.
She got back to reading and I had a far better bus ride. There’s nothing worse then standing on a bus in tall heels!