The young, slender woman with short dark hair said, “Excuse me.”
Looking up from his Apple laptop, the man raised his bushy eyebrows. Seeing the woman, he adjusted his thick glasses and smiled. He noticed her when she sat. Yes, she was attractive, and looked fit, but she reminded him of his daughter. She would’ve been about the same age, had she lived. “Yes?”
“Can you do me a favor? I need to use the restroom. Would you mind watching my bag for me?”
“That bag?” The man pointed at the green bag on the table. “Is that the bag?”
“Yes, that’s the very one.”
“Okay, I’ll watch it. But what should I be watching it to do? Does it do tricks?”
The woman laughed. “Yes, sometimes it dances. I’ve seen it but nobody else has ever seen it, so you’d be really helping me if you watched my bag.”
“Well, a dancing bag, I certainly will keep an eye on it. I’ll keep an eagle eye on it. I’ll turn on my laptop’s video and record it, in case it starts dancing.”
Laughing again, the woman said, “Thank you. I’ll be right back.”
She headed to the restroom with the man watching, smiling after her. Beginning to return to his computer, he caught movement. Looking up, he gasped.
Her green bag was doing a jig on the table. As he gawked, the bag completed a spin move, then fell back and hopped up. As it danced more, he glanced around for signs of hidden cameras or other witnesses.
The restroom door opened. The bag flopped onto the table into its original position.
“Thank you,” the woman said, returning. “Did my bag dance for you?”
“Yes,” the man said. “It did dance. I wish I had recorded it. Your bag stood up and danced.”
Beginning to sit, the woman stared at him. As she said, “What,” he said, “Is this a joke? Am I on one of those prank shows like Candid Camera?”
“No, it’ s not a joke.” Picking up the green bag, the woman stepped closer to the man. “I thought you might — ” Her voice was low. “I need your help. Please come with me.”
Turning, she walked away, calling back over her shoulder, “Come on, hurry.”
Packing up his laptop, the man muttered, “Okay, okay, I will, I’m coming, but you have some explaining to do.” As he rushed after her, he muttered, “I should’ve never agreed to watch her bag.”