"Hey Rudy, can I have the keys so I can practice later tonight?" I ask him.
"Sure, just remember to lock up," he says. He tosses the keys to me, and I smile.
"Thanks Rudy!" I yell to him as he walks away. I'm in yoga pants, a teeshirt, and a USD sweatshirt.
I go into the dojo, and make sure no one I there, and I kick my TOMS off, and pull my sweatshirt off.
I pull a practice dummy out to the middle of the mat. I practice my roundhouse for a while until I hear a voice.
"I didn't know that you did karate," Jack says.
"Have been for six years," I say. I punch it a few times, then kick it.
"Then what are you? A blue or purple belt?" he asks. I laugh, then roundhouse kick the head off of the practice dummy, and it flies and hits the door.
"Second degree black belt," I confirm.
"Do you wanna spar?" he asks. I shrug my shoulders in response. He quickly rolls his sleeves up and gets into position.
He quickly lunches at me and throws up a kick, I quickly grab his ankle and twist until he falls. He scrambles back up and throws out a punch. I easily block it. He retaliates quickly and kicks toward my chest. I duck, and spin, and stick a foot out, and sweep his other foot out from underneath him, and he falls.
"Did I mention that I'm pretty close to getting my third degree?" I ask and go back to the dummy.
"How come you don't join the dojo? It would be perfect for you! All if your friends are in the dojo," he says as he gets up.
"Even Milton?" I ask. I punch the dummy twice.
"Even Milton," he says.
"Really? Milton and karate?" I say shocked.
"Yup, he's only a yellow belt though," Jack says. I nod. I grab my water from my bag, and my phone. I check it. Three texts and a missed call from Kim.
I look at the texts:
Alex! I need my cuddle buddy!
ALEX!! GET YOUR SKINNY BUTT BACK HERE!! I NEED A CUDDLE BUDDY!!
ALEXADRIA MARIE CRAWFORD!! I YOU DONT COME BACK AND CUDDLE WITH ME, I WILL PERSONALLY COME FIND YOU!!
The voice mail she left was pretty much the same.
"Kim needs a cuddle buddy, see you tomorrow Jack," I say. I grab my sweatshirt and pull it on, and slide my TOMS on. I grab my bag and the keys.
"I should probably head home too," he says. He walks out the doors, and I lock them, and leave them under the mat like Rudy always does.
"See ya tomorrow," I wave at him and start walking home.
"Wait! Alex?" Jack says before I get far enough away to where I can't hear him.
"Yeah Jack?" I turn around and walk back to him.
"Do you think we could maybe hang out sometime? Just the two of us?" he asks.
"Sure, I'd like that," I say.
"Let me see your phone," he says. I unlock it and give it to him, and he hands me his. We put our numbers in, and I set my name as The bestest person in the whole wide world!!! We hand the phones back.
"Friday? At like three" he asks.
"Sure," I say, "Now I'll see you tomorrow Jack!" I turn around and start walking home.