After breaking up with Michael, I avoid him at all costs in the tiny town we live. Not an easy task, but I find a way to do it. We don’t speak for months until one evening I receive a text from him asking to meet for a drink. Is he drinking and he misses me? WTF? I know better, I should delete it and not respond, but I text back.
We meet at our old hang out, Stella’s. I make sure I’m looking drop dead gorgeous in a mini, sleeveless v cut top and heels accentuating my long legs. He’s already at the bar, sitting nervously. When he sees me he smiles, his black hair cut short and his blue eyes sparkling in the light. God he looks good. I smile back. He gets up and gives me a warm hug. Mmmm…He’s wearing Old Spice which I love. I breath him in…
We exchange pleasantries, chatting about nothing. “I hope you don’t mind but I ordered you a Riesling”. He says as he looks into my eyes.
“Thank you, you always knew what I liked.” I reply as I take a sip. Liked past tense but he still remembers… As the evening wears on we settle back into our comfortable selves. The nervousness is gone. We’re laughing and talking as though we never broke up. Its great to see him again. He hasn’t changed, his rugged good looks are still in tact.
He touches my hand and I look up.
“I miss you”he says quietly.
I look at him. “Is that why you texted me?”
“Yeah. I know I was a total ass to you. I was in a funk over the winter and I needed to be alone and be an island for a while. I’m sorry that I hurt you.”
So many things I want to say and not all good. I look at him and all I can say is “It’s okay. We both needed to be alone.”
All the pain and hurt seem to evaporate with those words: I’m sorry that I hurt you.
“What are you doing about your Bipolar?” I ask.
“I’m seeing a therapist on a weekly basis. She put me on the drug Lamictal, and it has really helped with my mood swings. I feel more even keeled.”
“What is it?”
“It’s used for epileptic seizures but also for mood swings for bipolar. For now I’m just on that but I might need to go on a cocktail of meds. We’ll see. I’m also working out everyday and writing. That’s the best part. I’m focused.”
“That’s great Michael, I’m really happy that you are getting help. I think that was the major reason why we fought.”
“I know. Self medicating on alcohol wasn’t good for me or for us. I’m always going to have this, but I wanted you to know that I’m trying to overcome it.”
I lean over and give him a hug. We hold each other. He feels good in my arms.
I give him a kiss on the cheek: “It’s going to be okay. You’re on the right track and you’re doing something pro-active. I respect you for that.”
“Thanks. I wanted you to know…” His voice trails off as he looks into my eyes.
His eyes are an intense blue green. I could swim in them. I look away.
“What time is it?” I ask
“It’s 11:05” He says.
“Wow we’ve been talking for over 3 hours? I have to go. Long day tomorrow Thank you for the drink.”
As we get up, I turn to him and say, “Its good to see you again Michael.”
He leans over and kisses me on the lips. He tastes good. His soft lips brushing against mine.
He smiles and says: “Good to see you too.”