Jocko found her drinking in the pub alone, and she was beautiful.
Dressed in plain running gear, her supremely athletic physique made it look glamorous.
Jocko passed the entertainment stage, ignoring the yogi master who had tied himself in a painful-looking knot.
Jocko sat beside her. “G’day, Miss. The name’s Jocko.”
She accepted another pint. “Aja.”
“Lookin’ for company, then?”
“Lookin’ for the right bloke, eh? Well I’m ‘im!”
Aja set her drink down with authority. “Don’t be like the Other Guy, okay?”
She slipped off the stool and headed for the bathrooms.
“Best leave her alone,” said the bartender. “She’s some kind of martial arts super-spy.”
“Spy? That sheila’s too beautiful for that. She’s lookin’ for a root. You’ll see. I’ll just watch this yogi fella til she gets back.”
“That’s no yogi. That’s the Other Guy.”
“What other guy?”
“The other guy who tried to hit on her.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/04/07/the-billinudgel-hotel-nsw-australia/
Aja is character in a longer piece I’m working on. This Aja is the mild-mannered, watered-down version…
Australian slang glossary:
Sheila = girl, Female
Root = sex, a lay