The Over-the-Shoulder Reader
I've been a very disgruntled subway passenger the past couple of weeks. This morning, by some miracle, I got a seat on the train. This is a rare occurence so I was very happily settling in to read my book. Usually I'm hanging on a pole or if I'm lucky I get one of those spots where I can lean undisturbed - have I ever mentioned how lazy I can be in the mornings. So anyway, I'm on one of those end seats and at the next stop a guy gets one and comes to stand next to where I'm sitting. All of the sudden I get the feeling like i'm being watched so I look up and the bastard is reading my book over my shoulder! Are you kidding me? It's a book that I'm in the middle of! How can this possibly be of interest to him without having read the first 100 pages! So I look up and give him the raised eyebrows (we all know this roughly translates to "Mind your own business" in this situation). The asshole quickly looks away. Back to my book. And yet again I feel this guy's eyes on me! Now I can almost understand if I was reading a newspaper - it's still rude but at least then I would say maybe he's looking at the headlines but a book?? So now I look up and say "Can I help you?" And he stammers "Uh I was just looking at your book." "Yes I noticed and it's annoying." "Ummm sorry" A few minutes peace and he's back at it again. At this point I give him my best BOTS look, loudly close my book at put it away. What the fvck asshole, pick up one of those free papers to read in the morning and leave me the hell alone!