This morning I woke up next to a warm body that for once wasn’t my dog. I saw long, brown wavy hair poking out from under the blanket. I reveled in the moment and quietly tried to get up.
She rolled over and kissed me. “Hey you, where are you going?”
“I’m just going to go check on my dog and my friends. I’ll be back. You sleep.”
It was the morning after my party the previous night.
Let’s back up.
The morning after Ellen’s party Creed and her came over to join Charlie, Jennifer and I for brunch at my house.
“What are you fixing?” Charlie asked.
“I don’t know – probably something with eggs since Ellen practically owns an egg producing factory from those chickens of hers.”
After a great brunch we went into action preparing for the party.
“How many people do you think will be here tonight?” Jennifer asked.
“Well, 28 are confirmed and that doesn’t include other people they want to bring. So, I’d say at least 30 will show.”
“Damn, that’s a big party. Do you think hippy-dippy and both Cindi’s are going to show?”
Just then I got a text from one of the stalker Cindi’s saying she was back in town and coming that night and wanted to know what I needed for the party. I texted back, “Ice, please. Thx.”
I sighed. “That was Cindi just now – she did decide to come back from California early for the party.”
Charlie smiled relishing giving me hell about her. “So, are you going to get drunk and kiss her again?”
I shook my head as vigorously as my hangover allowed. “No way, man. I’m staying away from her.”
“What about the other Cindi?
The other Cindi joined us on a motorcycle trip the previous Sunday and since then had been emailing me nonstop. She had also showed up to watch me play pool on Thursday. That night she had commented on my pretty blue eyes as I stared longingly across the bar at Lisa. I left her just then to get in a quick hi to Lisa before she started her match.
“No, I’m not interested in her either. She’s hippy without the dippy. Charlie, I don’t know what I’m going to do tonight if I get mobbed by both the Cindi’s and hippy-dippy. It’s almost going to be like The Walking Dead. Flesh eating women I’m not interested in.” I put my arms up mimicking a zombie.
I thought to myself again why everyone I liked was in a relationship and the single ones interested in me I had not the slightest interest in. I sighed, “Even Lisa is probably in a relationship although she never said she was bringing anyone to the party tonight.”
That night both Cindi’s showed without hippy-dippy. I thought this was a good sign – at least I could manage to get away from two instead of three. Plenty of people showed including some of the girls I used to party with way back. It was so great seeing them. I was out back talking to a bunch of peeps when I saw Lisa walk up with a small cooler in her hand. I was so glad to see her. I greeted her and she sat down in a chair on the back porch and other people trickled over to say hi.
I was having everyone make name tags with whatever name they wanted to go by that night. Bird and the Good Doctor walked in and I gave them both a hug. As I hugged Janice she apologized for the other night.
“Hey, it’s ok, no problem but you have to let me make up names for your name tags.” Mine said “Beer Bio-tch” They agreed and I wrote out “Good Doctor” and “Bird (ex gf)” and stuck it on laughing to myself on how appropriate that they go by the blog names I made up for them.
“So far so good”, I thought.
We partied on. One Cindi was holding court inside and the other was outside so I felt that it was a nice balance. If one got too intense I would leave until the other got too intense. I’d go inside and grab a bite to eat and talk to people and then back outside to grab a beer and talk to more people including Lisa making sure I talked to everyone that night. At one point inside Cindi tried to corner me to try some beer she brought over in a growler and after taking a sip, “That’s tasty, hey I need to go ask Amber something.” and left.
I threw myself into the chair next to Lisa and we started talking. I have no idea what we were talking about except she apologized for not getting over to meet Charlie and Jennifer the other night but said she had her hands full with her team.
“It’s ok. You’re here now.”
People were starting to trickle out and I noticed that Lisa was still planted in her chair.
“You have the most beautiful eyes.” It had quite the opposite effect than Cindi saying it the other night at pool. She reached over just then and laid a kiss on me. Hippy Cindi witnessed the whole thing and decided just then to leave.
One down, one to go.
I sat back in my chair, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.”
“No, I had no idea when did that start?”
“You remember that night at pool when I was so upset about my Mom being in the hospital and talking to me?”
“Of course.” Her Mom was in the ER previously that day and the only reason she was there was because she had to get her team started in playing and her Mom had been checked out and her sister was with her.
“You were so caring and then very next week you again asked me about her. Then, we talked about Europe another night and I really liked talking to you.”
I sat there for a minute and said, “You want to go back to my bedroom and look at Europe pictures?”
We both got up, walked past the other Cindi (in fact, she was the last one to leave the party) and went to my bedroom and closed the door.
I think she got the hint then.
Despite not knowing if it’s going to go anywhere with Lisa it’s still great to feel that someone [single] finds me attractive – especially, after the mental beating I took seeing Lee with her model-like gf the previous night. It relieved a lot of pressure, too –
-in more ways than one.