Two women who had a university class together 6 years ago have recently been crossing paths in the inner city and attempting to avoid speaking to one another.
“She must have started working around here, I reckon I see her two or three times a week now” said Sarah (27).
“The first couple of times I was with friends, so I was able to turn my head towards them in conversation to avoid any chance of eye contact with her, but it’s more difficult when we’re both alone.
“I’ll usually try to whip out my phone to fake a call or make it look like I’m really focused on a text message or something, but it’s not always easy to find it in my handbag under intense pressure.
“I’m thinking about getting a watch so I’ve got an immediate solution if I don’t spot her until she’s really close”.
The woman she’s talking about is Chelsea (26) who is just as eager to avoid awkward small talk.
“It’s not like she’s a bad person or anything” Chelsea told Seems Legit.
“We worked together on a group assignment, she seemed nice enough, but we mainly interacted with the other members of the team.
“I guess I just don’t really want to have unscheduled chats with anyone while I’m going about my business.
“If I did say hello, and asked her what she’s been up to or whatever, what happens when I see her again two days later? Do we have to stop and talk every time?
“I doubt she wants to have a conversation either, so I think it’s best for both of us that we commit to not acknowledging each other’s existence”.
Seems Legit understands that Chelsea has generally used the ‘stare ahead’ method when walking past to avert Sarah’s potential gaze, but if she sees her far enough in advance, she will often utilise the ‘oh no I forgot something’ technique that involves an animated face of annoyance and audible sigh, before walking back in the direction opposite to where she was going.
“Yeah I definitely do that” said Chelsea.