Influence Influence (Modesty)

Across a meeting table meeting eyes shocked strangers ready for an affair they would never have. True love might have followed— boy meets girl; their eyes meet; each other’s ever after. But in this case he was already married so he never asked her about herself and she maintained an equal respect both pretending nothing unusual happened. Were they avoiding pleasure or pain? Neither was, it turns out, inevitable. But, ever after, each must wonder if it should have been any different.