Running late as usual, the Nadine and Beth met outside the CoffeeShack where they greeted each other with a loud scream and a big hug. ‘Here’s your jumper’ Beth said while handing her an oversized grey jumper out of her bag. Nadine sighed with relief ‘I was worried you’d forget but thanks! You’ve saved me’.
While the two grabbed their coffees and waited on their breakfast they grabbed a table where Nadine quickly put on her jumper and played with her hair again. ‘Can you see this bit of curly hair that doesn’t want to stay curly?’ she said in an annoyed tone of voice. Beth laughed and said ‘we’ll come to your hair in a minute. Right after you tell me what happened last night. One minute we were enjoying ourselves, throwing back a couple of shots and dancing then bang! Kevin appears and you disappear with him into the night’. Nadine took a second and smiled. ‘He did appear out of nowhere but I’m so glad we bumped into him’. Although she had a cab journey to collect all her thoughts together, she still couldn’t believe last night happened. The surprise left her in a zen-like state of mind.
‘Well Beth’ Nadine began to explain, ‘after we spoke for a bit, we decided to go back to his and catch up’.
‘Ha! Sure’ said Beth laughing, ‘catching up. We all know what that means’.
‘Haha, okay you’re right B. But with Kev it’s always going to be different for me. It was great seeing him and speaking to him. He filled me in on what he’s been doing for the past couple of months. It was after that and a few more glasses of wine when we began to make out. This time it was more passionate than anything I have felt before. The whole experience was filled with so much passion’ Nadine explained.
‘I’m glad you had your catch up with Kev but did you forget to mention something?’.
Nadine’s eyes popped open, ‘mention what?’.
‘More like mention someone’ explained Beth. ‘Did you not tell him about Anthony?’.
Nadine grabbed her coffee mug tightly and looked into her cup and with a shy, childlike voice said ‘No…’.
‘How do you think he’ll react if he knows about Tony? And why didn’t you mention him to Kev?’ Beth asked eager to find out.
‘I don’t know’ started Nadine. ‘I think I knew what direction we were heading and I didn’t want it to not happen. Plus me and Tony are still early days and I always end up losing touch with Kevin either way, so really… there was no need’.
Beth knew Nadine didn’t have cruel intentions and by no means was her aim to ever cheat on Antony with Kevin but she understood the concept of them just dating and it being early days for the two. There were not an official couple yet, which is why Beth let it slide on this occasion. ‘You never know’ she said. ‘This time Kev might stick around longer’. Nadine wished. Nothing would make her happier than knowing she was always in touch with Kevin. But giving the reality of their situation and circumstances, she was always ready to expect to hear from him once every blue moon.
‘I hate to brunch and bounce but I’ll have to be going’ Beth said. ‘I have a big meeting tomorrow morning and need to prepare a new presentation as my assistant accidentally deleted the original one. I also have a dinner date tonight with Daniel and his parents’. Beth was a marketing executive and worked all the time. She took pride in her job and knew she was really good at it. The pressure hit her that weekend with a big deal to close the following Monday and meeting the boyfriends parents for the first time. ‘Yes that’s fine’ Nadine said while they both got up and were ready to leave the CoffeeShack. At the door the pair hugged and said their goodbyes. ‘Let me know how dinner goes tonight with the parents B’. ‘Definitely, I’ll be calling you right after as soon we leave the restaurant’. While making her way back home in yet another cab, Nadine received a text from Antony and Kevin at the same time. ‘Dinner tonight?’ asked Kevin and ‘Good morning beautiful’ said Antony.
Antony has the ability to bring up these feelings inside of Nadine that she never wants to let go off. He makes her feel happy, beautiful and confident. Nadine doesn’t have her life planned out as well and detailed as Beth does but she’s still trying to find her passion. For a while her passion was based on her photography and art work, but after two or three failed exhibitions she found her confidence shattered. While she was low and feeling uninspired, Antony walked into her life, lifting her up and inspiring her. He saved her when she thought there was nothing to be saved. Nadine works with several independent artists in her free time but to make ends meet, Nadine works as a teacher at a school for students who have been dismissed from mainstream education. Antony and her art work is her break from the real world.
Nadine thought about it for a minute and decided to text Antony back first, asking if he’s free tonight for dinner.