365 Writing Prompts: Hear no evil

Tell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t.

I did overhear something I wish I didn’t. My husband invited some of his friends to dinner one day. All his friends knew he was a Bengali and his wife was a Bengali too.

One of my husband’s friend was from Karachi where Urdu is spoken by most people.I learned Urdu when I was very young, we had neighbors who spoke it.

My husband’s friend seemed to be in a sour mood that day, he called his friend to talk to him about his family problem. I understood what he said.He didn’t think anyone in that party knew his language, unfortunately I heard everything he said against his wife. I did not try, he spoke loud enough for us to hear, only I was the one who understood everything he said.If this is overhearing I am guilty.

This happened to me once, our British Prof. was walking past us one day, I told my classmate in Urdu, “Oh look Mr. Baird is coming!” He quietly walked by without saying anything.

Next day in the classroom, he told us, “Oh by the way, Miss Sabeth speaks very good Urdu.”

I was so embarrassed I did not know what to say, Mr. Baird was a linguist, he lived in India for two years,I had no idea!

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Writing Prompt: 180 degrees

I went for a walk with my friend,Sally, we always talk about world affairs a lot.Sally is a well read friend of mine she can talk about anything with confidence,I love this aspect of her character. Although she knows a lot but she is not condescending, this is the kind of friend I like. She’ll give you a chance to say your piece, if she disagrees, she’ll change the subject in such a way you won’t even notice. She’ll never knowingly hurt your feelings.

So as we were walking along, we noticed this winter is terribly harsh we could not remember a winter this bad. Sally was not saying much, I was the one babbling away,I asked Sally, “Is everything all right,you’re too quiet today?”

She turned around looked straight at me and said, “How can I say anything, when you keep talking, I don’t want to be rude,I therefore stay quiet.”

We had a heated argument and decided to part ways, both of us realized we must go our separate ways because things were not working out.

Days weeks and months passed we didn’t see each other, we hung out with a different group of girls.I was asked by some classmates about Sally, I pretended not to hear what they asked.

Our parents were concerned, they couldn’t understand why we were not friends anymore I gave a flimsy excuse rather than try to explain.

One bright Summer morning,everything looked beautiful, I thought I should take advantage of this day and go for a walk,I was walking along the street breathing the fresh air and thinking of things to do when I get home. My thoughts were interrupted by a loud call by my teacher,Mr. Baird,I was about to walk up to him and ask where had he been all this time,but Sally’s presence with him stunned me I lost my voice, I could not run towards him, he walked briskly to catch up with me.

“Hi Patricia ,how are you, look who I’ve got with me.”

I knew I didn’t want Mr. Baird to find out we were not friends anymore. I looked at Sally And said, “where were you Sally,I’ve been looking for you all over,remember we made plans to watch,Harry Potter,you never got back to me,if there is a problem maybe we’ll go next week?”

Sally was speechless for a few seconds, then she said,”Okay sure Pat we’d go next.”

Mr. Baird looked pleased that we were still friends, little did he know the truth behind my acting!

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