I was dropping some pretty dodgy shapes on the dance floor on Friday night in the Dragon, when a a guy approached me from nowhere. He was about five eight or so and dark in complexion. He wore a red t-shirt with faded denim jeans, also indicative of origins from a foreign shore. I guessed he was Brazilian. So determined was his approach, I felt obliged to cease my dancing and engage him in chat.
He leaned in close.”Hi.” He said no more.
It was clearly my turn to respond. “Hello,” I replied.
“What is your name?”
I wasn’t interested in him and felt peeved by his bold interruption of my boogie. “My name? I am Nameless.”
He leaned in closer, claiming even more of my personal space. His face was strained. He spoke louder. “You are Nomless?” This name was exotic; strange to his foreign tongue.
“Nameless!” He failed to comprehend. “I have no name! I am nameless!”
It clicked. He wasn’t amused. “Ah, Nomless. Well enjoy your night, Nomless.” He placed emphasis on my new name. He turned and was gone, consumed by the darkness, flashing lights and gyrating bodies of the dance floor. I resumed my dancing.
Later that night, I stood with my coat on, chatting to Niall before I made for home. The Brazilian approached us in the same steely manner I had earlier witnessed. He ignored me and talked with Niall. It was obvious their exchange was lost in translation, since the Brazilian appeared frustrated having to repeat himself. I failed to overhear. The Brazilian, satisfied with saying his piece, abruptly left our side. Niall appeared confused.
“Well, that was random …” Niall threw his eyes to heaven.
“What did he say to you?” I half expected he had insulted me.
“He said, ‘I see you are friends with Nomless’. I didn’t understand. “Who the Hell is Nomless?”