Duelling Eyebrows - True Story

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Well, we all make mistakes...

Submitted: February 03, 2016

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Submitted: February 03, 2016

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Back in the seventies I used to work on the Mainland - I live on the Isle of Wight - and would travel back each day to Ryde. These were the days before the catamarans when we had ferries on the route.

One evening about eight o’clock I boarded the boat at Portsmouth and fancying a cup of tea I made my way down the steps to the buffet at the front of the ship.

I then went up to the counter only to be informed by a rather surly assistant that refreshments were only available once the ship had left the harbour.

Typical, I’d thought

I then sat down in order to wait for them to open.

Whilst there I was looking round when I caught the eye of a middle aged woman who raised her eyebrows. I assumed she had been told and treated the same and was raising her eyebrows in sympathy. I didn't really want to get involved in conversation but I raised my eyebrows back at her out of acknowledgement. I then got out my paper and read for a bit.

A few minutes later upon hearing the boat's engines fire up I looked up to see whether the counter was now open for business - it wasn't. The 'eyebrow lady’ then raised her eyebrows again at me. I felt the point had already been made but lifted my eyebrows back out of politeness.

Finally I got my tea and took it and myself to the non-smoking saloon astern.

Twenty five minutes later we docked at Ryde Pier and I made my way up to the disembarkation area on the ship.

Whilst waiting for the ramp to be lowered I noticed the lady I had exchanged raised eyebrows with earlier. I then noticed that she suffered from a twitch in which she involuntarily raised her eyebrows every few seconds. Fuck! She must have thought I had been taking the piss. I lowered my gaze and kept my distance.

Oh dear.


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