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Ria, are you ok? By Bruno Maiorana Characters: 5738

Updated: 2018-04-10 12:02

Ahmed took out his gun and held it in his hand. I tapped the side of my waist to check mine was still there.

"I don't like guns either you know, " he confessed while pointing it at the sun setting on the desolated desert horizon. I looked at his gun, it was exactly the same as mine. When I looked back to the road I spotted a Western girl hitchhiking alone by the side of the road.

"Stop, " said Ahmed.

"Yeah, I saw that."

It wasn't all that strange to see foreigners hitchhiking on that road, as it was the main road connecting the capital city of Islamabad with the main tourist attractions in the country. I pulled over and reversed the car to where she was standing. Ahmed got off the car to open the door on the back as a fine gentleman he was. The girl got into the car and said: "Hi, I'm Amy."

She had short blonde hair that looked like it had just been washed. For a second, I was sure I could smell the herbal shampoo she had used. She had blue sports clothes, not too different from the ones high school students use during sports events or Russian gangsters wear every day, except that hers didn't have the Adidas logo on it.

"My name is Hamza and this is my friend Ahmed, " I told her.

"Where's your luggage?" Ahmed asked, noticing she wasn't carrying anything with her.

"It's in my hotel room in Islamabad, " she smiled politely and placed her hands on her lap.

Besides not having any luggage with her, she looked a bit too young to be hitchhiking by herself at sundown in this part of the world.

"We're going to Islamabad as well, " Ahmed said. I know what his plan was. He would buy her a drink and some snacks on the way to earn her trust slowly and when we arrived in Islam

gone, and Ahmed lay unconscious next to me.

42 - Ria

It was the first time I met him, so I wasn't sure if I should go for a handshake or a hug. Finally, I decided to do the most Asian thing ever and stand still waving at him awkwardly from a distance. He didn't seem to mind my choice of greeting and stood there waving back at me.

He didn't ask how I was or how my trip was and I think that was awesome because the last thing I needed after a long flight was having to engage in small talk or meaningless pointless conversations.

I'm not like most girls. A normal girl would have asked "Are you Peter?" when she meets someone for the first time, because they need to feel safe. They would have asked how he was or try to make at least some small talk to feel that he's a socially competent person who has gotten the hand of social interactions already, and that they can trust him for that. For me, it's the other way around. I feel like I can't trust people who need to start a conversation making small talk. Or maybe I can trust them, but it would bore me to death having to deal with them so for my sanity, I try to avoid them.

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