‘Hello, mumble mumble…’
That’s what it sounded like. I turned around and saw a man grinning widely, walking behind me on the footpath.
‘Hello,’ I replied and kept walking.
Huh? I took out my one of my earphones and looked at him, puzzled.
‘Are you going home?’ he repeated.
Oh not, he was a weirdo. I put the earphone back in and kept walking.
Again, I took an earphone out.
‘Where do you live?’ he asked.
I considered my options.
‘I’d rather not say,’ was what I settled on.
I jammed my earphones back in and continued at the same steady pace. I didn’t turn around but could feel him drop away.