"You're sure? You're absolutely sure... You can see me?"
Isaac looked down at the girl standing before him and thought about how strange she seemed. He had gone up to her thinking she needed a friendly hand. He had spotted her coming out of work.
He had thought to himself he had never seen someone with such a lost look on their face. It made him want to help her. Now it seemed she was an entirely different person.
She was practically jumping up and down and the vacant stare he saw was gone.
"I'm positive I can see you."
She looked at him wide-eyed and he was sure he heard her mutter, "How is this possible" under her breath.
She stared down at her hands and with a puzzled look Isaac took this time to quietly slip away.
"Wait," he heard her calling out to him, "You can't leave yet!"
Isaac tried ignoring her. He wasn't trying to get wrapped up in whatever issue this lady had. He tried to stroll on but it was no use, soon she was in front of him again.
"Wait," she said putting her hands in front of him to stop him, "Wait a sec. Please."
"Look," Isaac said patiently, "I'm sorry but I really can't stay much longer -"
She cut him off, "I'm sorry. I'm just so... Surprised. I mean you can see me! And... Are you sure there isn't anything... Off about me? You know, the way I look?"
Isaac raised an eyebrow at her. Sure, she might be kind of weird. But he had to admit she was sort of cute.
Even if he was starting to get a bit anxious about how hard she was trying to keep him around.
"You look fine to me, " he said patiently, "I'm sorry but I really have to go now."
He tried walking past her but once again she strolled up alongside him.
"Wait, what's your name?"
"Uhh..." He hesitated. He wasn't entirely sure he wanted to give her his name.
She must've sensed his apprehension, "Come on you can tell me," she giggled, "I'm Valeria."
He started slowly "I'm..." he let out a long sigh, "Isaac."
"Isaac," Valeria nodded, "I'm sorry to bother you. I just..... Can't believe you... Can see me. This is unbelievable."
Isaac secretly gave her a strange look but said nothing. How was it that unbelievable that he could see her?
"Well," he said after a moment, "I really have to go now."
"Wait," Valeria exclaimed, "Can - can I see you again?"
Isaac didn't answer. He walked swiftly to his car. He left thinking that would be the last time he would see her. Or so he had hoped.
The next day as he was leaving the building he noticed someone waiting for him at the other end of the crosswalk.
You've got to be kidding me, he thought to himself, what is her deal?
She grinned and waved at him, and he knew he had no choice but to confront her.
The crosswalk changed and he let out an exasperated sigh as he walked towards her.
"What are you doing here," he asked her, "Did you come here to see me again?"
Valeria nodded, "I'm sorry, I don't want to bother you but I had to see... To make sure..."
"Make sure of what?" Isaac cut her off.
"To make sure you could still see me."
"Alright, enough. Would you please explain to me what you mean by that? Why wouldn't I be able to see you?"
At that Isaac noticed her demeanor change. She shifted her gaze away from him and bit her lip.
"Um," Valeria said picking at her nails, "Um, see the thing is I'm not sure if I can tell you."
"Well, then I don't think I can stay here anymore."
Isaac began to walk away.
"Wait," Valeria called out to him, "Wait! Ok, ok, I'll explain can you just give me a second?"
Isaac turned around and stopped. He nodded patiently.
"Can we sit down somewhere? Just for a minute."
Again, Isaac nodded. He wasn't sure what he was doing still listening to a stranger, but he had to admit, something about her made him curious enough to want to hear her.
They walked to the nearby coffee shop and sat down at one of the tables outside. They sat in silence for a few minutes and Isaac couldn't help but notice the odd expression on her face.
She looked like she was in a far off daze, taking deep breaths, and her shoulders seemed stiff. Isaac immediately knew she was panicking.
"Hey," Isaac said, "Are you alright? Do you need water?"
"No, no. I'm ok. Just a tiny bit nervous. You know, I've just never told anyone this before and I've been waiting to for a year. Now that it's here I guess I'm just freaking out a little."
"Hey, hey, whatever it is, it's ok."
Without thinking Isaac reached out and gently grabbed her hand. Valeria gawked at their hands and her nervousness turned to excitement.
"Holy shit," she practically screeched, "You're holding my hand! How is this possible?!"
Isaac immediately let go and looked around at the other guests sitting outside. He was oddly relieved to find that no one else had seemed to witness her outburst.
Everyone carried on as if nothing had happened.
"I'm sorry," Valeria apologized seeing his embarrassment, "Sorry, I shouldn't have yelled out like that."
"Are you okay now? Have you calmed down enough to tell me what's going on?"
Valeria nodded, "Okay. Here goes," She took a deep breath, "I'm a ghost."
"I'm a ghost. I died about a year ago. And no one's been able to see me since. Well, except for you now."
Isaac didn't know whether to fake a laugh or get genuinely angry. He felt like he had just been pranked.
He had exceeded his patience listening to this complete stranger because he thought she needed someone to hear her only for it to be a huge joke.
He simply said, "I think I'm going to go now."
"No, wait. Please. I know it's hard to believe but if you would just listen -"
"I've listened enough. I'm going to go now. Please don't look for me again."
Valeria groaned and sullenly rested her head on the table.
Great, She thought to herself, the only person who can see me and I ran them off.
Valeria wasn't going to let herself be deterred. If this guy wasn't going to listen to her, well, she'd just have to find other methods of persuasion.