Weekly Writing Challenge: Three Ways to Go Gonzo

96 degrees! Unbelievable. In an attempt to escape from the hot summer air, I ran into a street-side café. I don’t know why the weather has been so unbearable in San Diego lately. Probably has something to do with global warming or something.

I grabbed a seat at the table right under their air conditioning vent. Aaah… how nice.

Starbucks really is the best! As I sat below the vent enjoying the never-ending flow of cool air, my attention was suddenly pulled to the two men sitting at the table next to me.

Right beside my table sat two young men- maybe in their 20s or 30s- both nicely dressed. One was in a bright aqua-colored tank top with soft yellow shorts and flip-flops. Very beachy and appropriate for a hot day like today. The other was wearing a suit. He must be a businessman on a lunch break or something. I feel bad for anyone who had to wear that today! It’s way too hot for anything more than shorts and a t-shirt! How is he wearing that?!

“Look, it’s getting old,” said the casually dressed guy to the businessman.

“All I’m trying to say is that I’m sorry! If I had more control over my schedule-” the businessman replied before sipping his iced coffee.

Before I could shift my glance down to my iPhone, I saw something I wasn’t expecting! The businessman reached out and put his hands over the other guy’s. He looked right into his eyes and said, “I’m sorry. I’m doing the best I can. It’s not easy with you working in the industry and me trying to meet the needs of my clients.”

The other guy’s expression shifted from looking angry to sad. Then he looked away, turned back, leaned forward, and kissed the other guy.

Oh. I wasn’t expecting that! I thought they were two friends fighting… I didn’t realize they were a couple! Ugh, why do I assume these things..? Sometimes I make myself so mad!

The two guys stood up, tossed their empty Starbucks cups into the trash bin, and then left the café with the taller guy’s arm around the other one’s shoulder. Aww.

It’s amazing how much you can learn about two people you don’t know just by sitting near them. It’s also kind of creepy on my part. Hmm, oh well. Guess that’s the price we pay for choosing to discuss certain topics in public!

I sipped my last few drops of iced tea and back out into the dry summer air I went!

Disclosure: This story is entirely made up and I’m writing this purely because I’ve been feeling up for a challenge and I have nothing else to do today since it’s raining out. I barely know anything about Cali and gonzo journalism so please forgive any mistakes. This was certainly an interesting piece to develop!

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