Photo taken by me in Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia.
“We’ll lead you astray,” she said.
He picked up his beer and turned to face her. “Oh really?”
She laughed a bit.
“Hi, I’m Rob.” He reached out his hand.
“Sally,” she said with a smile.
“So, go ahead. Lead and I’ll follow.”
She turned to her friend next to her and whispered something, and she whispered back. He started to lose his confidence. But she was the one who spoke first. She removed her cardigan and started rolling the plaid sleeves of her shirt. He noticed the tip of some cleavage peeking out of the tank she wore underneath. The band started playing which should have ended the conversation, but he persisted.
“So what do you do?”
“I’m a teacher!”
“Teacher by day, hipster by night?”
“I’m not a hipster,” she frowned.
He laughed. “I was kidding.”
He paused, making it awkward.
“Are you here to see Those Darlins, or one of the openers?”
“Darlins!” she yelled. She turned to her friend again.
“I love them, aren’t they great!”
“Yeah!” she yelled back. “Love them…saw them in Jersey a few weeks ago.”
“Nice!” he said with a smile.
The band was especially loud as she yelled something to him and he could not hear.
She yelled it again and he still couldn’t hear her.
“Reading what?” he yelled to her.
She pointed at something over his shoulder, and he turned to see a lit up sign that said “We’ll Lead You Astray”.