Wednesday, September 3, 2008

3. champagne bar

I initiated the next get-together at my favourite champagne bar in a classic old hotel. It was cold by now and the fireplace was blazing as Careergirl and I sipped and gossiped and once again confirmed that Beautiful Boy was sexy and charming and always laughing and that I really thought Careergirl should seriously consider the option. See, I was over it?

I was still waiting to hear from the man in question whether he’d be joining us and couldn’t explain my excitement when a message came through saying he’s on his way. It must’ve been the bubbles?

Beautiful Boy and friends turned up and a lovely time was had by all. By 1 am everyone with early mornings started leaving. Exotic friend, who was then not yet a friend of mine, let it slip that she really hoped to see me engaged by the end of the weekend. I froze. While there was a weekend away planned with Boyfriend, I very much doubted that diamond rings were involved, but couldn’t think of any reply except “thanks”. Beautiful Boy gave me a strange look and we ordered another round. Once again, we were the last ones remaining.

We were settling back in our seats, when everything changed.
The Beautiful Boy looked at me with a total straight face, no smile, no laugh and said: “If you’re not married or engaged by the time I move back here next year, I’m asking you out for drinks.” Without hesitation or hint of playful flirtation I replied: “If I’m not married or engaged by the time you move back here next year, I’ll say yes”.

For the next hour we enjoyed a very sober conversation about our situation and the fact that we ‘really liked each other’. Then it was time to go home and I didn’t have my car there. Beautiful Boy gallantly offered to take me home. We were a block away when I heard myself say, “I don’t want to go home yet”. He looked at me for a second, then decisively turned the car around and drove us to a little cigar bar downtown.

13 comments:

Figuring Out The Details said...

Thanks for stopping in and commenting on my blog. I'm especially grateful because it led me to yours, and I am digging your style of storytelling. Also, I absolutely agree, ihateplanningmywedding.blogspot.com is fantastic as well.

Peonies and Polaroids said...

oooh, more...

redframe said...

details, thank you so much for returning the favour... will keep an eye on you too!

peonies, this story is telling itself, don't think i could stop it if i tried. yippee.

DT said...

I am dying here! I just started reading your blog and I don't want it to end - I do however really really want a beautiful boy!!!

redframe said...

DT, I NEVER would have said this 15 months ago but now I know there is a beautiful boy (or two, or six) out there for everyone... I think you and I both wasted a lot of time with unbeautiful boys, please don't do it again! So cheesy, but here it is: I believe in love!

DT said...

Thank you - I actually really needed to see those words - isnt it the most difficult thing in the world giving up on something you have always thought was so special and right?!?
I keep thinking that somehow we will find each other again - but I know; our journey is just about at the end - and it breaks my flippin heart!!! Your words have been lovely to read - all I can think is: I WANT THAT FEELING!!

redframe said...

DT i was "lucky" that by the time i gave up on 12 years, i didn't have to doubt myself. it was so plain and obvious that it was o-v-e-r... i realise you still wonder whether you're giving up on a good thing. all i can say is that i think of you and that you must trust yourself!

Guilty Secret said...

I'm so glad I'm not reading this in real time so that I can skip straight to the next post...

Charlie said...

Ditto what Guilty said. Love your writing.

lifelovelipstick said...

I am really loving your blog! What a great story. thanks to peonies and polaroids for linking to this from her blog!

redframe said...

GS, you're funny that's almost like cheating! Trying to get ahead so you can do some more skipping but technology ain't no friend of mine...

Charlie, you have no idea how much that means to me. I've always wanted to write, but didn't know where to start. Now I feel like I'm flying, tripping through the pages... Thanks to your comments!

Lll, I'm edging over to your page, been there briefly but will spend some decent time soon! Bless Peonies forever and ever!

chic cheeks said...

wow, i am hooked now! Champagne, Beautiful Boys, exotic friends! I want this!
Keep it up!

redframe said...

hey there chic cheeks! when you put it together like that, it does sound quite tasty! i want it too!