I didn’t know what to say and it seemed like Nick didn’t want me to say anything; sometimes we just need someone to be there for us, but I hate the moment when someone you like needs you as a Dr. Love… I didn’tknow how much more I could take. I felt my heart breaking more and more each day.
“What’s your name?” He asked me breaking the long silence.
“Nice to meet you.” He half smiled handing me his hand. I took it with a little awkward shaking.
“Nice to meet you too.”
“You didn’t tell me my shoes weren’t the same color this morning.”
“I’m sorry, I thought you’d think I check you upside down every time I see you.” I said biting the tip of my tongue, I mean who wouldn’t check him? He’s like a gift from the gods!
He laughed silently.
I could feel the rush in my heart, the blush in my cheeks and mostly the stuttering in my voice but somehow we continued talking about anything and everything; we spent the whole afternoon in that small hall sitting on the floor next to each other.
“Oh my god! He didn’t!” I said with my eyes wide open. He laughed once again; his laugh’s the best sound I’ve ever heard.
“Yes! I think it was at Dallas… Jack and I just looked back at him. We couldn’t stop laughing. It was like ‘Joe, you didn’t have to clear that up!’”
In that beautiful moment my cell phone began to ring, I looked at the screen and it was Brenda. Damn! I forgot about the GNO I promised we would have that night after work.
“I must go.” I told him with the ache right in the middle of my chest.
“Do you want me to walk you home?” He offered.
OF COURSE I WANTED TO! But…
“No, it’s just I’m not going home, thanks.” I said. “Frankie must be starving though.”
“He’ll be fine.”
“Thank you. I’ll see around.” I don’t how but I got braver at that second and just kissed his cheek and ran to the apartment. How did it happen? I don’t know but somehow by that time I was already friends with Nicholas.
I took a deep breath and called my friends back.
“I’m so sorry girls, it’s just th-“
“Where the hell have you been?” Bren shouted on the phone interrupting me. “We’ve been waiting for you for hours! It’s almost midnight!” MIDNIGHT?!
“I-I’m sorry” I apologized.
“Everything must be close by now, you should come home.” I heard Nathalie said on the other side.
“I’m on my way… If you want we can go tomorrow to Downtown Disney and I’ll pay the dinner.” I said before hanging up.
The truth was I regret nothing.
I got home as soon as I could and there were my friends, waiting for me just to keep the scolding.
“Do I need to say I’m sorry once again?” I told them.
“I don’t know” Bren began to talk “You must have a good excuse.”
“Oh geez. Now you sound like my mother…” I rolled my eyes and sat beside her.
“Go ahead.” Nathalie said.
“Okay… Believe it or not I got home late because I was with Nick.”
“No freaking way!” Both of them said at unison.
“Heck! Yes!! I was with him. Nothing happened, we just talked” I began to tell them everything, even the part of Nelta breaking up.
“You really need to see him again!”
“There’s nothing I wish more, Nathalie. But he’s leaving in a few days.” I told her with my stomach in a swirl.
“I’m sure he’ll go after you before leaving.” Bren said.
“Yes. Don’t worry! Now go to bed, we have to go shopping tomorrow!”
“Yes, momma!” I said laughing.
The next morning was good, I had to work but I got the chance to see Nick and...
“Hi, there!” He greeted me behind the counter.
“Hey.” I smiled trying to ignore the shivering down my knees.
“I was wondering, would you like to go get some dinner tonight?”
There's no next time. It's now or never. I said to myself.
“Hm… Yeah, it-it’d be cool.” I stuttered without thinking.
“Cool. We’ll see you here at 7, okay?”
“Okay.” I said breathless and he left the lobby.
I was sure Brenda and Nathalie would kill me but I couldn’t say no!
I got my turn done and just texted the girls saying I was sorry; I got to the apartment to change my clothes, I didn’t know what to wear because I didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard but I didn’t want to look messy either, so I just put on my gray jeans with a cute long sleeve t-shirt and make my hair up on a ponytail.