So here’s a little scoop for you all. The title of my book was originally going to be called The Hot Train Girl Diaries.
Over the last year, I’d met a few girls on my morning train I found myself attracted to. In fact, there were 4 in total.
I affectionately referred to them as
Hot Train Girl #1
Hot Train Girl #2
Hot Train Girl #3
Hot Train Girl Original.
Here’s another scoop for you.
My book starts with the story of Hot Train Girl #2, and sets off a series of events that would go on to change everything about me.
For now however, I would like to share the story of Hot Train Girl #1 with you, in what I shall call:
Bonus Story #5: The Hot Train Girl Diaries – Book 1
It was February 2013 and I’d been taking the train for about a year. As I mentioned, I’d seen a number of girls on the train I was attracted to, and since Valentines Day was coming up, I thought, what the hell, let me do something typically me and give gesture or romance to them.
Now, its not a given than I would see any of them on that day as we sometimes take different trains. I thought I would play it by ear, and if I saw someone either in the morning or the evening, I would write a Valentines day poem and give it to them.
I had these little plastic eggs that came with the old Kinder joy chocolate eggs, so my plan was to write the poem, fold it up in the egg and give it to the girl to open up at work.
That day, when I got to the train station, I saw HTG#1 get on the train, so I sat a few cars back and wrote my poem to give to her when we got off.
I came up with:
“There once was a girl on the train
Who from admiring I could not refrain.
She had style, she had grace
She had beauty upon her face
I can only hope tomorrow I’ll see her again.
Happy Valentines Day”
Not bad I thought, so when we got to our destination, I time my walk so that I met her on the escalator.
Awkwardly, I said I’d like to give her something, and I proceeded to hand her the egg.
I could see she was a bit taken aback, so I quickly reassured her by saying
“Don’t worry it’s not Anthrax or anything like that”.
Yup. I attempted to reassure her that my mysterious egg was not a toxic powder.
That same day I saw her in the mall. When she saw me, she literally dived into the closest store to avoid me. I pretended I didn’t notice, so she thought she got away with it. But I felt so horrible.
Over the next few months, we didn’t speak again, but as we almost always parked next to each other in the parking lot, we did exchange a smile near daily.
Conversation didn’t happen a lot, but in passing, I did promise her that one day we’d have a proper conversation. She said cool.
We would also see each other in the mall where I working during lunch time. In fact, one time, I met my friend for lunch, and she arrived with her baby in tow. As I kissed her hello and greeted her boy, HTG#1 walked past and saw this. I immediately wanted to say, I promise this is not what it looks like! You know, just in case she thought otherwise.
The exchanged smiles became less often.
Now, to my credit, one thing about me is, I notice the smallest changes a girl makes to herself. Such as changing their hair subtlety, or when they are wearing something new for the first time. Its just a case of paying attention to people.
So one morning, I noticed HTG#2’s hair was different, so I went up to her and said her hair looks nice.
She replied with a laugh and said “Yeah, we start fasting tomorrow so I haven’t washed my hair, but thanks”.
Yup, a smooth follow up after the anthrax.
The next day she started Eid. (Yes, she was a muslim Indian girl).
For about a month I didn’t see her. In fact, I didn’t even see her car.
Then suddenly, her car was back! That evening on my way home, I thought if her car is still there, I was going to leave her a note saying I hope she had a good Eid and I was glad she was bad.
I sat in my car in the parking lot, wrote the note and then went and put it in the side of her window. It was such a windy evening, I was worried the note would blow away, but I chanced it anyways. At the end of my note I included my email address.
The next day I was nervous what she might say about my note. But I didn’t see her. As I came home that evening, I walked past where her car was just 24hrs ago. And what did I see…a crumpled up piece of paper in the flower bed.
I thought to myself, surely she wasn’t a litter bug…so it couldn’t possible be my note.
I drove out the parking lot, as this ate away at me…I turned around the car and drove back. I went back to the parking and went to go pick up the piece of paper.
It was a Mcdonald’s receipt for a happy meal and a milkshake.
Later in that week however, I did see her. And we spoke. We spoke a lot, about our jobs; she worked in the same centre as me at a clothing store. We spoke about travel as I was going overseas soon. And of course, I asked her if she got my note. She said no, and suggested maybe the wind blew it away. I knew it. Dammit.
Anyways, she told me she had an interview for a new job at the airport the next day. I felt sad that I may not be seeing her again.
That day I was anxious to know how the interview went. I casually walked past her store a few times, in the hopes of bumping into her, but never did.
However, that evening I saw her car, so again I reverted to the note on the car idea. I wrote a note asking how the interview went, and wished her luck for the outcome. Again I included my contact details.
That night I sat waiting for a message from her. Foolishly so, I know, but I lived in hope.
I saw her once or twice after that on the train, and gathered that she had changed her parking spot. Till eventually I didn’t see her at all.
I went overseas at the end of October, and haven’t seen her since I returned. I assume she got the job she interviewed for.
Through all this, I still don’t even know her name.