I ran up the stairs as the rain began to pour, questioning whether a $7 cab was in this week's budget. I sighed deeply, trying not to let the melancholy set in that I was once making $1200+ biweekly and now, a simple cab ride on a rainy day seemed like a frivolous expense. As I looked expectantly at the oncoming traffic, uncertainty dotting my brow, he called Kappy Guy.
I smiled, pondering the decision for a second. I needed some positive reinforcement.
"Hello..." I answered coolly.
"Hello Ms. Nina. How are you?"
We danced our tango of mutual ego-stroking. He asked how many men vied for my attention that day. I asked how many women fell at his feet that hour.
And then at the perfect moment, I uttered what I thought would bring the abrupt end to our conversation.
"You know...I've re dedicated my life to God and I'm going to be celibate until marriage."
He was silent for a second. And then he laughed. "I don't think I could do that. You're a strong woman," he said.
Oh Kappa Don. You intrigue me so!
It was like opening a door. I asked him about his first time, his family, his parents. How could I not have known about a sister he has?
For the first time since out high school aim conversations, we really talked.
"Well, Nina, I really just called to say hi."
"Thank you Kappa Guy. I appreciate that."
For the first time in a while, he made me smile not with lust but with appreciation of his place in my life.
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