Joey is searching the Staten Island Ferry as it leaves Manhattan. He boldly sits down besides a girl and tries to strike up a conversation. He realizes he isn't getting anywhere but decides to continue telling her about himself anyway. When the boat is ready to dock the girl finally reacts, coolly insulting Joey. He lashes back at her, finally being honest, and discovers this is the way he should have communicated with her in the first place.
Published in Encounters.