Ellen and I were sitting in a cafe and were
discussing gossiping about some of our acquaintances and friends and their relationships respectively. This triggered a reaction by the people sitting on the next table. They appeared to be very interested in all the tales about people they’ve never met and even started shifting their chairs slowly towards us.
This behaviour in other people’s lives and as we thought the excitement especially about gay people’s lives reminded Ellen of her experience during her last holidays.
Ellen and her lady friend Nicole went to Italy for the holiday and the photos that mainly Ellen has taken on the camera showed nothing out of the ordinary. Nicole in front of the Colosseum, Nicole & Ellen in front of the Pantheon, Nicole and the Trevi fountain and so on.
The extra-ordinary that Ellen and Nicole experienced had more to do with a family that they met in the hotel. They got along well with the family consisting of the two parents in their late forties or early fifties and the two teenage children who were nearly adults themselves.
There were some images from the hotel bar with my friends and the family demonstrating how well they got along.
It was one of the last evenings before Ellen and her girlfriend went home and it was only then that the mother or wife of the family noticed that Ellen and Nicole and not just friends travelling together. There was a weird expression on her face and neither Ellen nor Nicole knew exactly how to interpret this facial expression. But having collected some experience in life they exchanged an uncomfortable glance as they were fearing a dramatic scene to unfold. Most likely accusation of attempted seduction of the teenage daughters.
To their surprise there were no homophobic abuses being hurled at them but instead a sensationalist smile found its way onto the woman’s face.
“what kind of people I happen to meet!”, she exclaimed excitedly and then moved her chair closer to Ellen’s and Nicole’s who were both shifting uncomfortably from left to right & back again in their chairs.
“So, who of you is the man in the relationship?”, the woman continued peeking keenly at the two of them, “I mean you both come across very lady-like so I wouldn’t know who of you is more boyish.”
Before either Nicole or Ellen could assemble a suitable answer that wasn’t insulting yet clear & precise the woman was throwing more
prejudices questions at them.
“how did you notice that you were that way? How come you recognised each other as such people? I mean you totally don’t look like those lesbians one normally sees on television! Can you see who else is that way?”
Ellen and Nicole exchanged a quick glance with each other to agree that they would flee the scene at the next convenient opportunity to prevent further treatment like exotic animals in the zoo that no one has seen before.