I just had the oddest conversation with someone in my backyard. It's dark out and I see a silhouette come from the convenience store. It's a man and he's carrying a plastic grocery sack in each hand. He's walking across a grass lot towards me. He'll have to navigate through a few trees before he's too close. As he approaches, I say, "Hello?" He keeps on walking. "Hello?" I call again when he emerges from the trees. He stops. "Hello?" he says.
"Hi, Shawn. I'm Amy."
"Hello," he says.
"I just wanted to know who was coming through," I explain.
"Oh I'm sorry, did I scare you?"
I chuckle. "No, I saw you coming."
"I just wanted to take a shortcut."
"That's fine. I just wanted to know who was coming through."
"Okay." He makes a step to keep going.
And out of view, into my driveway he went. I spent the next few minutes imagining all the different ways I could have taken him in a fight. He wouldn't have been able to attack me, since his hands are full and even if he tried, I saw him coming from a mile away- I was totally ready to crack my beer bottle over his skull. I totally could have taken him.