"You engaged?" he asked almost choking.
"Yes." I said smiling at him.
"I'm sorry. I didn't know." he replied.
"It's okay." I said while trying to comfort him.
"When did it happen?"
"Congratulations are in order then." he said.
"Thank you so much."
"You are welcome."
"By the way, I have to run back to the office. I'm kind of late already."
"Yea." He said while looking at his wrist watch. "I also have to run somewhere."
I leaned in and tried to hug him but he was really stiff. So I leaned in further but on the corner of my eyes, I saw Fred looking in on us by the window. I froze! I tried to smile at him but he wasn't smiling back so I picked up my phone and walked out to meet him.
"Hey." I started.
"What the hell are you doing with him?" He asked really angry.
"I was having lunch and met up with Sam."
"Is he the pal you lied to me about?" he asked.
I didn't have an answer so I kept quiet.
We walked back to the office in silence. My heart was really pounding as to what he thought I was doing with Sam. He was definitely pissed off so I tried to give him time to cool off before I tried to explain myself to him. At the office, it gave us a good time to keep off each other although I knew we just had to talk about it on our way home.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
As I woke up this morning, I couldn’t help but feel so happy and adventurous. I dressed up quickly and dashed to the office. There was some pending work from the day before so I concentrated on that which kept me busy for most part of the morning. At around noon, I was really tired so I checked out the newspaper but nothing caught my eyes.
I texted Sam and told him we can hook up at one that afternoon. I gave him the name of the restaurant that we were to meet and he replied a second later. His text contained only one letter. It simply said ‘k’. I really hate that especially when I have taken time to text a long message then all I get is just one letter!
Since I didn’t want Fred to know that I was meeting up with Sam, I sent a text to him also and told him that I was going to have lunch with a pal so he didn’t have to wait for me. He was okay with it so around one, I walked over to the restaurant where I was to meet Sam. The hotel was about two blocks from where the office was.
I checked out the place when I entered but Sam was nowhere to be seen. So I took a table near the window and ordered some French fries while waiting for him. Fifteen minutes later, I was done with my lunch and he had not showed up. I decided to call him up but it went straight to voice mail. So I ordered a soda which I drank slowly giving him more time. Then I heard some commotion. I looked up and saw it was Sam. He was talking to the waiter and it seems dramatic. I couldn’t hear what they were saying but figured they were shouting at each other.
“Hey.” He said when he came over.
“Hi.” I said. “What was that about?”
“It’s nothing. The waiter is just foolish. He nearly knocked me over when I was coming in.”
“You kinda deserve it.” I said.
“Yea, you kept me waiting for nearly half an hour and you didn’t even text to say you were arriving late.”
“I’m so sorry.” He said looking apologetic.
“So what did you want to say to me?”
“Can I just have a soda before we talk?”
“No, just say what you were to tell me. I have to go back to the office.”
“Kate…” he started.
“No Sam, I have no time.”
“Okay, I know this might seem weird but I need you in my life. I was such an ass when we were together and I deeply regret it.”
“Since when did you start apologizing?”
“Kate, I have changed.”
I gave out a loud laugh that spooked the guys next to us. “Stop joking.”
“I’m serious!” he replied.
I looked up to his face and realized he was serious.
“Sam, we can’t do this right now.”
“You are kind of late about that. I’m already engaged.”
Friday, March 16, 2012
Fred and Mike dropped me by my place and they headed to their crib moments later. I was really tired so I had a bath. I had missed taking time to pamper myself by taking a long bath so I really indulged in this. After about twenty five minutes, I had started dozing in the tub so I got up and went to the bedroom. I was just getting comfortable in the bed when the phone rang. I ignored it but the caller decided to call again. I picked it up without looking at the caller ID.
“Hello?” I asked.
“Kate, hallo.” A male voice said on the other end.
“Who am I talking to?” I asked curiously.
“Don’t you remember?” he said.
“No. Who are you?” I was getting really angry.
“Sam?” I asked. “Sam who?”
“Kate, be serious. It’s Sam, your ex-boyfriend.” He said.
“Oh, okay. How are you?”
“I’m okay. Just wondering, can we arrange we meet? I have something rather urgent to tell you.”
“Just say it. I’m sure it’s nothing that can’t be said through the phone.”
“Kate, please.” He insisted.
“Sam, just say it before I hang up.”
“It’s really not a good idea if I say it on the phone, so can we hook up in town tomorrow?”
“Okay. Ill text you the time we can meet in the morning.”
I hanged up and roll over to the other side of the bed. What the hell could Sam have that was so important to discuss with me. I had successfully avoided him most of the times as he really complicates things between Fred and I. We are at such a good point with each other and could not wish anything to come in between it, especially Sam. Guess we had to wait until tomorrow.
I switched off the light and closed my eyes.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Today was just not my day. I woke up late, had some filing issues at the office and as if to cap it all, I sent a wrong email to a client at a really important firm. I tried to make sure things came back to normal but it was all futile. Mrs. Wright called me up. It was one of those calls you don’t wish to get. Her anger and the shouting will be one of those things that I would remember for a long time. I had to focus! As the day dragged on, I kept looking at the time wishing the day would just end. Fortunately for me, I had an afternoon meeting for two hours so by the time I was through, it was time to head home.
I met up with Mike at a restaurant near home as we were to catch up. It was a while since we last saw each other as it was before the festive season. Fred was also arriving today so we decided to all meet before we head home. Mike seemed so eager to talk about his festive season. He was really glad that his went so well.
As I was about to share my experiences, Fred showed up. He gave us all a hug and grabbed himself a seat and joined us.
“Hey dude, what’s up?” Fred asked Mike.
“I’m good bro. How was the trip?” Mike asked.
“It was okay except the usual traffic. Glad am here though.”
“Yea. Had missed you buddy.”
“Me too.” Fred said while giving him a back pat.
A waiter came by the table and he ordered some juice while Mike and I ordered a second round to our drinks.
“Kate, how was your day at the office?” Fred asked.
“It was the worst. You don’t even wanna know the details.” I replied.
“Okay, ill skip that.” He said and gave me a kiss on the cheek.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The days went about quickly after the big holiday and it was soon time for me to go back to my place. January was here. The weather was really nasty but things still had to be done. I missed my family so much but I had planned to go there in a few weeks.
I returned to the city alone as Fred had some stuff to do with his family. I traveled alone by bus but it was not fun. I missed his company but I was really glad that I enjoyed the holidays. Change of scenery was good for us all and we accomplished a lot of things through the visit.
I got to work the following day but work was so slow. For one, not all the bosses had returned to work so we spent a lot of time chatting up with the work mates. From the Christmas stories to New Year resolutions, the stories helped time move. I called up Mike and Ann during the lunch hour session and they were doing okay. Mike was already on a bus coming over while Ann had still one week with her parents. I missed her!
As the day slowly ended, I was so glad. I rushed home, took some laundry to the cleaners and washed up the flat. After all the work, I was so hungry since I had only taken a snack during lunch. I rushed to the fridge but it was empty except some carrots and peas on the lower shelf. I didn’t feel like going by the grocery store so I ordered up a medium sized pizza.
As I was waiting, I received a call from Mike. He had already arrived safely and was chilling out at his place. He had a present for me! I really wondered what it would be but guess I would have to wait for it tomorrow as we had arranged to hook up.
The door bell rang a few minutes later. I went to answer it and was really glad as it was the pizza delivery. I paid the man, grabbed it and ate it while watching the evening news. I don't think I finished watching the news as I woke up an hour later on the couch.