Overheard in NYC About Love

Love Story #1

We are leisurely walking eastward on West 18th after an early evening dinner at Westville, a restaurant that focuses on fresh food at reasonable prices. A slim couple dressed in black clothing are briskly walking in the opposite direction from us, their arms tightly linked. The man stands a head taller than the girl, and their heads angle in towards each other. As they pass us, I overheard this conversation:

Woman with a husky voice asks, “Do you believe in love?”
Man replies, “I do.”

Love Story #2

We are on the Long Beach bound train on the Long Island Rail Road heading home to Floral Park. A couple of boisterous friends who are audibly drunk sit down behind us. Woman #1 tells woman #2 about a casual one-night stand she recently had. I wonder whether the whole train car can hear her or just our half. Woman #2 is worse off and wants to get off the train as soon as possible.

Woman #2: “Are getting off at Jamaica to get a drink?”
Woman #1: “No.”
Woman #2: “Do you want to get a drink at Jamaica?”
Woman #1: “No, we never stop here.”

Woman #1: “What is the one word that can relief all of the burden of our pain?”
Woman #2: “Jamaica!”
Woman #1: “No! What is the one word that can relief all of the burden of our pain?”
Woman #2: “Jamaica!!”
Woman #1: “NO!! What is the one word that can relief all of the burden of our pain?”
Woman #2: “Jamaica!!”
Woman #1: “NO!! The word is LOVE.”
Woman #2: “Arrrrrrgh!! I don’t do love.”

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