It was about 5:45 AM and the train was mostly empty, except for her, me and him. He took a very big interest in her, but she did not reciprocate that interest.
As I sat there, I saw him try to engage her in conversation, and she ignored him. As the ride progressed, he became louder and more aggressive. Eventually, he got up and walked over.
By this point, my heart was racing, I was extremely angry, and now that he had crossed the line into her personal space, I wasn’t going to sit idle. I got up, walked over to her and said, “Hey Susie, how are you, I didn’t see you. You’ve been in this car the whole time?” I winked and smiled at her, she understood.
I looked at the guy and said, “What’s up brother, I’m ARod. You know Susie?” He told me he was trying to get to know her, and if I’d step away and mind my own he could keep on working.
I smiled and stated, “It doesn’t seem like she’s much interested man. If I were you, I’d just take the L and keep it pushing.” He didn’t like that and said, “I’m good right here.” All good man, it’s a free country, you can stand where you like, but leave her alone. I then created a physical barrier between her and him.
Eventually, he got the point and moved away. I asked her if she wanted me to walk her somewhere, she said no. I told her when her stop comes, wait a few moments before getting off. Wait for the last second. Also, I told her to take a different car next time.
Once she got off, I was left alone in the car with him. He eyeballed me, I looked back and nodded, I put my headphones on and carried on with my day. When I left my house that day, I didn’t expect that I’d end up protecting her on the subway, but that’s exactly what happened. This was long before #metoo and #gillette ads. Momma raised me right. I’m not perfect, but I do know right from wrong. Scaring a woman who’s all alone on the train that early, well that falls under very WRONG!
I hope that if any of you readers were ever in that situation, you’d do the same!