the rest of the story


As of today, I have 9,998 views on my flickr account! When will I have 10,000?

And now, the rest of the story... when I last left off, I was on a horrible date with Some Guy. I looked up and guess who I saw? No, not Veto. It was his friend Kim. She gave me a very funny look. Finally, she sidled up to me and said, "So, you won't go out with my friend but you'll go out with This Guy?"

I was mortified. Not only was I out on the worst date in history, I got found out by a friend who was trying to set me up, and I'd been protesting that I don't go out on dates. I stood there, still trying to convince her under my breath that I didn't want to be on this date, but she had a very, very skeptical look on her pretty face.

Back to Veto. He tried calling me again. Only this time, my mother answered and took a message. Now, when The Fan takes a message for you, you return the call. That's the rule in our house since we were old enough to use the phone.

What does a girl do when she is that confused? The only thing to do. Go to your gay hairdresser for highlights and advice. He laughed when I told him about the sparkly shirt and the horrible date with The Guy. Then he asked, if anyone else had called me. So I told him. He stopped the blow dryer immediately and got a very serious look on his face. Very serious. As if I'd just asked for a brush cut or something. He looked over the rim of his Versace glasses and said, "Now Ben, he is a good person. You are a fool if you don't go out with him."

Well, this got me to thinking. Andrew, he generally hates heterosexual men. He has a few heterosexual friends, and I know of them to be very good people. Andrew has exceptional intuition about people. Now, I'd pretty much decided to go out with Veto.

But it wouldn't be that easy. I'd told Kim to send him off. I'd told our mutual friend Karon to remind Kim to call him off. And now, it seemed like a bad idea. That day at lunch, I mentioned to Karon that I thought maybe I'd changed my mind. Immediately, she tried calling Kim, but she got her voice mail. All she managed to say into the phone was, "Abort, abort!" hoping that Kim would get the message and not call Ben.

When I got home, I called Ben. I finally returned his call. He was so polite. He asked me how my dog Wrigley was. He really was paying attention. He wondered if we could go out that week but I had a commitment. I asked about the next week but he had a commitment. It didn't seem like it was going to happen.

What about next Friday night? No, I was having a big birthday party for Loopy. All her friends and their mothers were coming over for the annual mother-daughter party. Saturday night? He said that would work... and guess what? We went for dinner that Saturday night at seven o'clock and we talked and we talked. We didn't look at the menu, we were so busy talking. Finally, the waiter came out and said the kitchen was preparing to close... could we order? That's how much we had to talk about. The best line of the evening:

Waiter: Can I bring you the cheque, sir? The we're closing now.
Veto: In that case, just bring me one more cup of coffee.

And I knew. I don't know if he knew, but I knew. He was leaving for a business trip to Jamaica the very next morning. He'd be gone for a whole week. He asked if he could phone me from Jamaica during the week. And he did. Just when I thought he would: on Wednesday evening, exactly halfway through the week. I knew that's what he'd do, after talking to him for five hours straight. I knew his favourite flavour of ice cream was grape, I knew he'd shaved off the beard he was wearing when we met, I knew that he loved his job but I didn't know much else about it. But I knew that he would phone exactly halfway through the week and that we would see each other when he got back. And he did. And we did.

The end.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great story! I loved having to come back to hear the rest of it! You are one very witty, creative woman, and I love your blog - keep it coming! Dena

Gillian said...

Fabulous story! So glad I got to read the whole thing :)

SOINSPIRED said...

He sounds like a great guy. You have to keep adding to the story. You have me hooked.

prettyinpink said...

No! Not the end! Tell us more!!!!

Renee :) said...

I waited all day for this..I was beginning to think you might not post today,but so glad you did.Veto sounds like a nice guy for you!Keep on blogging you fun gal!Renee

beebuzzer said...

Siiiiigh. I can now leave my office and fight the snow outside because my heart is all warm and fuzzy. :) Have a great weekend everyone!

Angela said...

Saucy! That is a great story! Do you take requests? I would like to hear more about all the cute nicknames that everyone in your family has and how they came about!

Love,
Angela

BTW: The pics I promised are coming soon!

Oliver Rain said...

This was a very nice story, well worth the wait. Can you even imagine if you didn't go out with him? I think when you meet the person you are meant to be with you just know, you know. That's how it was with J and I too. I knew that I'd spend the rest of my life with him the moment I saw him. Sigh! The memories.

MJ said...

Finally: relief! Glad that Andrew made his appearance in the story too!

What a great story! I plan on posting mine and my dh's soon...

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

THank you for your kind words on my blog. Your story with Veto is wonderful. I love how you write. I also love your bedroom and THAT VANITY!!!! It is so glam and I love it!

coRinne not connie said...

sigh - you are a lucky one! i love your writings. thank you!

Melissa said...

That is so romantic and sweet and lovely--and I hope you made your hairdresser your best man! He sounds like a keeper!

Junie Moon said...

I have so enjoyed your story; it was fascinating and so fun. Now how about the story of your wedding? Details, details, and more details!

Lisa said...

Your story is oh so sweet! I love happy endings :)