Song and Siren

An officer of the law approached me during my nightly walk. I was winding up to toss a cigarette into the streets when I spotted their vehicle and, fortunately, had enough sense to realize the consequences of unintentially discarding an ember through the window sidling abreast of me. I pulled back my hand and took another drag from the mangled nub.

“What are you doing?”

“Hi!” I replied, enthusiastically, my arm in an awkward pose. “I’m taking a walk.”

“Where do you live? What street?”

“Umm, just around the corner.” I paused. Since I couldn’t see with the flashlight in my face, my brain decided it didn’t have to think either. “On ________” (which is not where I live but it was the first street that came to mind and, happily, one that was indeed around the corner).

“So you’re out for a walk?”

“Yup!”

“Don’t stay out too late.”

As quickly as they had come, they vanished back into the darkness, a predator reminiscent of a squat, genetically defunct zebra. I did not turn around to watch the red tailights fade from view. Stumbling about at 1 AM was suspicious enough.

Returning home, I pondered over my brief encounter, in particular, the distress that can overwhelm the average citizen upon such a chance meeting. Why are our verbal responses suddenly stripped of emotion? Do policemen not possess humour and pathos? Perhaps the conversation should have gone as such:

“Hey, what are you doing?”

“Good evening, sirs. I am out catching the night breeze. Not long ago, my brother incensed me greatly and there’s much to sort in my head.” I’d say, with a shadow of glum politeness.

“Shucks, what did he do?”

“Well, nothing serious. I was only reading off a list I had found online of ‘100 things to do before you die‘ and all he could do was ridicule and find fault with each entry. The negative energy was a downer.”

“That’s a darn shame.” He’d say. “I’m glad you’re taking it constructively rather than beating him senseless. Take it from me, there are a lot of wackos out there.”

“People say I’m a nice guy. Sirs, would you mind if I hitched a ride back home. I’ve never sat in a police car before and you know, that’s one on my own list.”

“Certainly. Come on in. So you really were just out for a walk?”

“No, actually, I was looking for a cow to tip but haven’t come across any in these ‘burbs. Maybe we can stop by a supermarket, run in, and knock over a stack of frozen meat patties instead?”

6 thoughts on “Song and Siren

  1. All sorts of strange things have been happening to me whilst walking at night… being heckled, having stuff thrown from a passing car, police interrogations. I thought I was non-threatening.

  2. All sorts of strange things have been happening to me whilst walking at night… being heckled, having stuff thrown from a passing car, police interrogations. I thought I was non-threatening.

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