|Checked Out By Aliens|
Well, that wasn't true. There were people here who seemed perfectly content with their own company. There was Allison, there was Dave. They were sitting, watching, tripping. Now that he thought about it, Allison had been beaming desire signals at him all evening. There was no mistaking the meaning of those lingering gazes. He had ignored them. She was nice, but she wasn't......uh...his type. She was a little too Jewish. Robert was a Jew boy and had to have himself some Shicksa, oh yes he did....
He winced at his own self-evaluation. It was true, but he was as he was. Maybe, some day, an Allison would look mighty good.
He lifted his eyes to the sky and saw The Milky Way for the first time. He had never understood that this THING hovered over his head, arching across the heavens in such primordial splendor. Amazing! The sky was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. .
After a time, as he watched the stars, he realized that at last he was free from all the ridiculous bullshit he had just put himself through. Afraid to flush a toilet. Afraid to ask a girl. God! The universe was such a spectacular place! He didn't have to hook up with Linda. He didn't have to hook up with anyone. He was fine, right here. Robert and the sky, right here.