Journey by Stephen Clark  
    to Ridgetown

 
 
You say to Bob, "Why do you hate me so much?"
    Bob replies, "Because you listened to the busker but didn't give him any money. That busker is a friend of mine -- he puts his heart and soul into his music and gets very little in return. It's hard enough for him to get people to listen to him -- whenever someone stops to listen to him, it gets his hopes up -- but when they walk away without giving him anything, it just breaks his heart. You don't know what it's like."
    You say, "But Bob, you can't really criticize me without knowing my situation. I mean, maybe I'm a bit strapped for cash myself and I can't afford to give him anything? Maybe I don't have any change? Did you think of that, hmmm?"
    Bob thinks about it and says, "I see your point. I guess I have been acting a bit silly. To be honest it wasn't really about you -- I've just been having a few problems with my own marriage and I just need some sort of scapegoat to work off my anger and frustration. I'm sorry about all those things I said. You're O.K. Here, have a drink of water." You accept the water gratefully.
    Later, a team of rescue-workers from the State Emergency Service rescue you and pull you out of the ruined building. You have survived. As soon as you get out, you ask someone if it would still be possible to cancel your enrolment and get a refund for your TAFE fees. But the answer is, "probably not."
 
 
 
 
 
The End