A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.tr.v. piqued, piqu·ing, piques
1. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
2. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
3. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.
He prided himself on the way he dressed. This was how it was, had always been. Clothes, shoes, a silk tie. Hair stylishly peppered with grey. As he had grown older he felt his stake in the way he looked had grown. He felt eyes on him as he walked through the city streets. When he entered a room he knew he had just the right amount of aftershave, the right cut of a suit, and the height to carry it all off well.
He enjoyed the curiosity he afforded as he walked into the cafe and ordered a macchiato, the glances and small smile from the young girl who took his order. He sat at an empty table glancing through a broadsheet as he waited for the coffee. He could sense people looking his way, and heard a twitter and stifled giggle from two women nearby with prams and children.
As the young girl walked towards him with his coffee he saw she had a coy smile. He couldn’t believe his luck when she bent in close to his face as she placed the hot glass on the table. Â He felt her breath as she leant in to say something in his ear. She breathed in, ready to whisper, he swallowed hard. Just thought you’d like to know, your flys undone.
With that she turned and walked back behind the counter. He sat for a moment, smile plastered to his face, gulped his too hot coffee, burnt his tongue, and with one swift movement, stood, walked out the door and zipped his fly.