Comedy·BOY MEETS GIRL

Chemistry single man thought he felt with coworker revealed to be gas

“I was chatting with Barbara about how many inconsistencies I noticed in Rogue One, when suddenly I started feeling very strange.”

LONDON, ON–For the past two years, Dominic Chom, 37, has worked alongside Barbara Black, 29, at a lumber distribution company in London. Though the two have always maintained a cordial relationship around the office, neither has ever considered it to be anything more than platonic.

For Chom, this all seemed to change at yesterday's staff Christmas party.

"I was chatting with Barbara about how many inconsistencies I noticed in Rogue One, when suddenly I started feeling very strange," recalls Chom. "My heart sped up, I felt anxious, I was sweating, and I felt butterflies in my stomach. Really powerful, oppressive butterflies. Like they were expanding, almost."

Chom began to wonder if this was the first sign of some kind of romantic chemistry or "spark" between him and his coworker.

"Sounds crazy, but I thought I might actually be feeling love.  So I asked Barbara if she was feeling similar things," explains Chom. "She said she didn't know what I was talking about, and then excused herself to take a phone call. I didn't hear a phone ring, though.  She might have been making that up."

With romantic chemistry ruled out, Chom grew curious as to what, in fact, he was feeling in his body.

"It was weird because I really did feel this oppressive, knotted, cramping feeling in my gut. I was sure it had to do with romance," insists Chom. "Then I suddenly remembered how I ate all those dates and hummus at the snack table. Plus egg nog, and I'm not great with dairy. So, yeah. It was probably gas."

For Chom, the entire sequence of events can be seen as a kind of learning experience.

"Boy meets girl. Boy works with girl for two years. Boy thinks there's something between them, but it turns out to just be very, very bad gas. Age-old story, I guess."

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