The morning started as any other before. Early fall came knocking and a rainy day just like this was nothing unusual. Carol was still adapting to the new surroundings these last few weeks because she hasn’t visited her home town for the last fifteen years. It would seem like time has stopped in this small town or countryside as she would refer to it. Anybody knew everybody, but that fact wasn’t the one that irritated her and inspired her to leave to the city right after high school, but the lack of life, places where you go to have fun.
“God, this place doesn’t even have a movie theatre” she thought “like coming back hundred years in the past.”
She quickly pulled on her tight jeans and glanced at her watch; she was late already and that made her quite nervous. She heard the screeching of the tires on the driveway of her parents’ house. It was a little sports car that belonged to her old neighborhood friend that was supposed to stop by for coffee. Since it has been to long from their last encounter Carol was really excited, because they will finally have the chance to catch up. Natalie honked as discreet as possible so Carol would know that she is here. She was also excited to see her old friend, but was well aware of her friend’s tendency to be late, and the need to hurry her up.
“There, just a little more lip gloss” Carol thought” and I am out.”
She picked up her cell phone in a hurry, at which point it rang. Automatically she assumed it was Natalie calling her to tell her she has arrived, but the cell phone kept ringing, and ringing. The caller ID showed it was an unknown number that wasn’t listed in her phone.
She answered sounding disinterested and quickly said “Hello?”
“Hello” said a deep male voice on the other end. Carol couldn’t recognize it at that instant, but noticed that it sounded pretty sexy. There was something exciting in that voice.
“Excuse me, who am I speaking to?” the unknown voice half-jokingly continued.
Carol made that even more nervous so she snapped back “You are the one who called, you should introduce yourself to me!!”
“Well did I get Miss Carol?” the sexy voice stubbornly continued.
“Look I am in a hurry and I don’t have time for this, so could you just tell me what you need,” said Carol who is already obviously irritated.
“Oh I see Carol that you are busy now, so I will call you back later when you will have more time.” Said the voice on the other end.
Carol said “OK, bye!” and hung up, thinking about sitting in her friend’s car. She tossed the phone in her black leather hand bag and locked the door behind her.
Two old friends, Natalie who was tall, blond and fairly slim model built type and Carol, a long-haired brunette with curves on just the right places. Both women are slender and were still an attraction while walking around town. They decided to go to the coffee shop where they spent many happy high school days- a place where a lot of coffee was consumed before or after school. While Natalie excitedly talked about her recent love affairs, Carol blew away large clouds of cigarette smoke and started thinking about the mysterious voice from before. She thought about how it didn’t matter to her and how she acted disinterested and nonchalant, but something now didn’t give her peace. For a second she wanted to know who it was, just out of sheer boredom. But she quickly regained focus on Natalie.
The coffee went by in tears of laughter, some of them were of sorrow, but all in all they had a really good time. Natalie had to do one more round of shopping to buy a present for her little niece’s eleventh birthday, so she asked Carol to help her pick out the newest toy. Carol opted to wait in the car outside the mall and started to play with her cell phone to pass the time.
“I could send him a text”, she thought and started typing “YOU CAN CALL ME NOW.”
“There, short and precise”, she thought again. Just a few minutes passed and she got the answer back “CAN’T RIGHT NOW, CALL BACK IN FIFTEEN MINUTES”.
Carol started to think about whom it could be and remembering the voice thought that the man should be about her age.
“Or, maybe older, but then again it is easy to be deceived”.
He also had a specific accent and she was convinced that he wasn’t from this part of town. From the car window she saw Natalie coming back from the store in long, strong strides carrying a large gift bag.
“Yes, you managed to shop …“
Carol laughed childishly, because she knew how hard it is to find that particular toy in this province. They started to leave the parking lot with the rain drizzling on the windows. Natalie drove slow and secure like she wanted this encounter to last as long as possible. The phone in Carol’s purse started ringing.
“Are you vibrating?” asked Natalie.
“Oh, yeah I totally forgot he was going to call.” she said. “Hello?” Carol answered and heard that specific sexy voice again. “There is something about that voice…“she thought.
“Hey it’s me. Did you finally recognize me?”, the voice on the other side laughed and continued “It’s Chris“.
He said something more but Carol didn’t hear it as the second movie started to roll, ah yes, Chris- an old acquaintance, one of the hottest guys in town, hell maybe one of the biggest dudes. The girls practically adored him, she remembered. She also noticed him and yes he is good looking but nothing more than that.
He didn’t fascinate her that much back then when she was in love with her boyfriend whose name she couldn’t remember right now. Well, obviously it was a long time ago. Ahhh it was Michael, her first true love. God, how young she was back then and how everything seemed so easy and great, thought Carol.
“Do you know who it is now?” the voice through her cell phone brought her back to reality. “You know, we met at the gas station on the freeway last year during summer vacation, and you gave me your business card” said Chris.
I give business cards to everyone, thought Carol, but spoke aloud.
“Ah yes now I know, I recognize your voice“ There was a moment of silence, and when she was about to speak he continued.
“I promised you coffee or tea, but I screwed up and didn’t call you.”
“I don’t know what you are talking about” thought Carol, but again responded politely.
“Screwed up? No, you didn’t screw up anything”, but the truth was that she couldn’t even remember or simply didn’t care since it was one of those polite “let’s have coffee sometimes” agreements. These kinds of small talks are when both sides were well aware that it will never happen. That is in most cases, but obviously this wasn’t one of those cases and already she stated to like his candidness.