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Staring Me In The Face 1

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The tray didn';t just hit the floor。 It crashed and smashed his lunch to pieces。 Serves you damn well right, I thought。 You were staring again。
He stood stock-still and looked down at the food。 Suddenly I got up and moved towards him。 I hadn';t intended to, put it on the tray。 There was a soppy stain on his trousers and through it you could see just how bony his knees were。 Like the rest of him。 All bones,dangling1 jacket and hanging trousers。 Stooped shoulders and mile-long arms。 Then he smiled at me。 A wonderful smile thatcreased2 up his worn face and totally surprised me。
";Thank you。";
I shoved the tray at him and went back to my table。
I worked at a large publishing company and ate lunch in the canteen。 I had noticed him because he stared at me。 He was weird-looking。 His hair was badly cut and his clothes were ancient and dull; too-short corduroys,baggy3 at the knees and colour-less sweaters, dotted with fluff。 Often he sat alone and just picked at his food。 Or he read andjotted4 things down。
A few days after the crash, he stopped at the table I was sharing with Mark from proof reading, Leanna?"; asked Mark。
";No problem。 It';s just that I like to choose who I share my mealtimes with。";
";A bit rough on the old chap though。";
Ishrugged5。
It was Mark who told me more about him。 He had gone over to scrounge a cigarette。 By the time he came back to the table, I had my head stuck into the news-paper。
";Interesting chap。 Sub-editor。 Been all over the world,"; said Mark。
Idecided6 to find the newspaper more interesting and finally Mark shut up and finished smoking。
";Asked your name,诺亚娱乐平台网址"; he said。
";He what?";
";Yeah。";
";What';d you say?";
";Leanna, of course。";
I folded the newspaper。
";I';ve loads of work this afternoon。";
";Said you look familiar,"; said Mark。 ";Like someone he knew。";