Another story that testifies to my stupidity is one that I now find quite funny. I don’t know if anyone else will find it funny but I’ll tell it anyway.
I was sitting on the bus, heading to work. Next to me was an elderly woman. I didn’t like her sitting next to me because she had a foul smell.
We didn’t say anything to each other.
I was too scared to tell her that she smelled bad.
Or maybe not scared but I didn’t want to insult her.
I could see other people sitting around me shifting uncomfortably in their seats. Somewhere turning their heads trying to find out where the smell came from.
I still didn’t want to say anything.
People started getting off the bus quicker than they did other mornings. Probably because the smell was getting worse.
The lady next to me didn’t move.
I wanted to get off as well, the smell was getting really bad. But I didn’t want to get off three stops too early and have to walk the rest of the way.
Finally, the smell got so bad that I couldn’t take it anymore and I turned to the lady and told her that she smelled.
She looked at me, surprised, for a second before slapping me across the face. She told me that “it most certainly wasn’t her that smelled.”
I was surprised as well and looking around for anything else close to me that could be the source of the smell.
To my horror I saw a bum, looking like he badly needed a shower, sitting in the seat behind me.
I quickly turned around to the lady and tried to say I was sorry but she didn’t want to hear it.
She got off at the next stop.
I waited until the bus came to my stop then I got off too. Once off the bus, I breathed in the fresh air and noticed that the smell was still lingering in my nose.
I looked behind me to see if the bum had gotten off at the same time. None else had gotten off the bus with me.
When I started walking I noticed a stain on the side of my shoe.
I was horrified and looked underneath my shoe. There was a stain of fresh dog shit stuck to the sole.
That’s when I realized that the smell didn’t come from lady nor the bum. I had accused two people of smelling bad when it was me the whole time.
I felt so dumb.
Categories: flash fiction