Two Scenarios

For the past several months, when I have gone to my local pharmacy, I’ve noticed that they hired a new pharmacy tech. Most of the people who work at the pharmacy are women, including the two pharmacists, but they recently hired a male pharmacist and a new male pharmacy tech. The new tech is very cute. I’ve seen him around town a few times, and it always takes me a minute to remember where I know him from. I doubt that will be a problem after yesterday. So, my two scenarios start the same way. I went into the pharmacy to get some prescription refills. The new pharmacy tech got my prescriptions and checked me out at the register. When he got to the register, he said, “I see you every morning at Cumby’s.” (Cumby’s=Cumberland Farms convenience store.) I saw him in there Tuesday morning getting coffee as I was getting an iced coffee before going into the museum. I may have seen him in there once before, but I rarely go to Cumby’s in the morning. It’s the opposite way of the university. Then we had a short conversation about seeing each other out and about and what the weather was like outside. While everyone at the pharmacy is very nice, some are more talkative than others. He has never been particularly chatty to customers and is generally busy filling pill bottles. So, it was not only unusual for him to wait on me, but that he was so talkative. So, which scenario do you think is correct?

Scenario #1

Guys generally don’t flirt with me a lot, but he was more than a little flirty yesterday. You really can’t tell when someone has on a mask, but you can tell a lot about someone’s eyes. He seemed a little excited, so I am wondering was he flirting. Should I go by Cumby’s a few mornings to see if he flirts more there? Maybe I just have an overactive (and hopeful) imagination.

Scenario #2

He was just being nice. He saw me the day before, and now I was in the pharmacy, so he may have just been making conversation. This pharmacy has always been very friendly, so I don’t think they’d have hired someone who was not pleasant with the customers. So, maybe he was just being nice, but he’s never really paid any attention to me before yesterday. He seems to have noticed me at Cumby’s, so who knows?

How would you take it? Would you do anything? Maybe I am just deluding myself into thinking he was being anything more than just nice. It’s a small town. People see each other around town all the time. Besides, he’s probably out of my league and too young. He looks to be in his late twenties.

P.S. This post is all in fun. While this did happen, I don’t really think there is a possibility he was flirting with me. I think he was just being friendly to a customer, but it’s nice to daydream occasionally.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

3 responses to “Two Scenarios

  • Steve

    I would choose scenario #1!
    It is totally plausible that not only was he being friendly, he was also flirting a bit. It’s the little things that give signs to more possibilities. I would absolutely start visiting Cumby’s or go to the pharmacy more and ask questions like, “what do you get to drink when you go to Cumby’s,” so you have an idea of the time of day and drink preference. Get him one and take it to the pharmacy as a “thank you for essential service!” 😏

    I think gay men often name a place as a bit of a hint as to where to “accidentally” see each other again, although you already know the pharmacy. Cumby’s allows for a non-work location to be more expressive conversation and interaction.

    I like your imagination! I play out those scenarios all the time. And I’m a flirty person who loves to talk and see where it goes! Sometimes, coffee leads to sweets!

    • Joe

      Thanks, Steve. I suspect I know what time he goes to Cumby’s each day because of his schedule at the pharmacy. I’ll have to try it out. Maybe I’ll go to Cumby’s tomorrow and actually get a coffee like he does instead of just getting something out of the coolers.

  • John

    Totally agree with Steve, give it a go! But, do let us know!!

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