This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can create a post or quiz. Try making your own!Buzz·Posted on Apr 28, 2014The 18 Stages Of Bumping Into Your Ex In A Public PlaceIt's fight or flight time. Or hide behind a hedge time. One of those.by hlmccarthyCommunity ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Oh SHIT. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via tumblr.4gifs.com The first stage is sheer panic. No trace of cohesive thought, just panic. 2. *re-evaluates entire appearance* Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Fox / Via jakesjohnson.tumblr.com Why does this always happen when you have "a skin thing?" 3. Why are they here? This is MY place. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BBC / Via garbo2garbo.tumblr.com This is MY overpriced organic supermarket/hipster coffee place/patch of pavement, they simply cannot be here. 4. Is it too late to pretend I haven't seen them? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via mutedexistence.tumblr.com Maybe if I stare at the floor for the next seventeen minutes whilst power walking off the edge of the earth I won't have to engage. 5. Any emergency exits? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BBC / Via morlarty.tumblr.com Nope. 6. How do I even greet them? I HATE them. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Channel 4 / Via teacigsandbooze.tumblr.com Is throwing fresh veg appropriate in Sainsburys? 7. Okay, remember that quote from Singin' In The Rain. "Dignity. Always dignity." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via kiraartpop.tumblr.com They can't faze you. They're NOTHING to you. 8. Time to put a brave face on it... Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Fox / Via westsidehighschool-rp.tumblr.com "Oh, hi there! It has been a long time. I definitely haven't been hoping you sustain a painful but ultimately not fatal injury all this time." 9. Small talk. Jolly good. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF TBS / Via joshifeer.tumblr.com How long until I can leave this conversation? 10. Great, they're trying to make their life sound like it's going REALLY well now that I'm not in it. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BBC / Via moriartyaddiction.tumblr.com Yes, please tell me more about your plans to teach English in Indonesia. 11. Jesus H Christ, this is hard work. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF AMC / Via dcolew.tumblr.com This had better not become a regular thing, I hope really hope they move soon. 12. "How am I doing? Really good. Really, REALLY good." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via cockbarf.tumblr.com *exaggerates entire life to sound busy and interesting* 13. "You look well." YES, YES I DO. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via yoncehaunted.tumblr.com Self confidence restored. They want me back, I know it. 14. I can't believe we used to go out. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF HBO / Via fweecarter.tumblr.com Was I drunk the entire time? 15. I can't believe we're having a conversation like we haven't seen each other naked a hundred times. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Paramount Pictures / Via superbgifs.tumblr.com The tension is so palpable you could spread it on toast. 16. Oh no, you have to go? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BBC / Via zackira.tumblr.com Thank the Lord. I was considering a well-timed asthma attack. 17. The awkward goodbye. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via deathcabjenny.tumblr.com Do we hug? Do we do a weird we're-standing-two-feet-apart wave? 18. Thank Christ that's over. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via gifmethat.tumblr.com You definitely deserve a drink. Or some refined, heavily processed carbohydrates.