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Overhearing a Conversation Late One Night

Daily Prompt: Talking in Your Sleep
by Krista on March 5, 2014
Have you ever eavesdropped on a conversation you weren’t supposed to? Tell us about a time when it was impossible not to overhear a conversation between people who didn’t know you were there. What was the conversation about? How did it make you feel?

I used to live in a second floor apartment that had a window right above the front door. One night around one 1:00 AM, I was in bed waiting to fall asleep when I head a loud conversation downstairs at the front door. I looked out the window and saw two people. One  was a woman who was a neighbor in the building. We only knew each other from exchanging hellos in the hallway. She was talking with a man whom she was dating. The man, too, I only knew in passing when I would see them together.

It sounded like they were having a small argument. But by the tone of their voices, I could tell that it was not a heated exchange. I really wanted to get to sleep, so I decided to ask them to pipe down. The apartment building had a standard talk-listen-door intercom system. I went to the intercom to ask them to please quiet down. But before I did, I got curious about what they were arguing about. I pressed “Listen” and got an earful. They were standing right next to the front door intercom, so I could hear them perfectly.

The man was drunk. She was not. He was pleading to her to let him stay over. He sounded vulnerable and pitiful. She sounded a bit overwhelmed. My initial impulse to ask them to be quiet changed. Instead, I wanted to press the “Talk” button and say to my neighbor in my best Manhattan accent, “Don’t do it, honey!” But I didn’t bother them. She gave in. They ended up going upstairs to her apartment. Then I went back to bed and fell asleep. The next time I saw them in the lobby hallway, they seemed as happy as ever.


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