Weeble (clockworksaint) wrote,

Do I scare you?

An odd thing happened to me last night. I was getting off the bus from town in Renfrew. It was pretty late, maybe a quarter to midnight. There was a girl with purple hair in front of me, and some guy behind me. The way I walk home isn't particularly well lit and doesn't have a lot of traffic, but it's very open. Anyway, shortly after leaving the bus, the girl is walking some distance ahead of me, and the guy a distance behind. She looks around and seems to be concerned that I'm going the same way as her, which is fair enough. She quickens her pace a bit and I keep my same fairly slow pace so as to try not to be too threatening. Then, however, she looks back again, breaks into a run and flees. I looked behind me to see if maybe the guy is doing something threatening, but he's a distance behind and doesn't look particularly ominous. He's not really close enough to me to start making me nervous, so I am left to conclude that she was running from me.

I totally understand that she should prioritise keeping herself safe, but I can't help but wonder if there's something else I should have done so as not to scare her? I'm pretty sure she was at least as tall as me, and I don't consider myself particularly imposing looking. Is the beard that scary? I can't think of anything to do that a mugger couldn't do too other than keeping my distance, but I thought I was doing that and it obviously wasn't enough.
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