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Pen Your Pride

This is the last chapter before Alex and Anjali meet!!! Enjoy it! 

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November – Alex

I walked into the Italian restaurant Chris and I had dinner reservations for our date night.

“Good evening, sir.”

“Hello, how are you this evening?”

“I’m great.  How can I help you?”

“I have a reservation for two, under Shergill.”

“Yes, I see it here.  If you’d like to wait in the bar area, I’ll come get you as soon as the table is ready.”

“No problem.  Looks like my wife isn’t here anyway.”

I walk towards the bar when I hear my phone ring.

“Hi Chris.  How late are you going to be?”

“How did you know?”

I laugh, “Because I know you Chris.”

“I should be there in fifteen.  The restaurant is crazy hot so hopefully, they’re running late too.”

“You’re in luck looks like the restaurant is running behind just like you.  I’ll be in the bar.”

I walk up to the crowded bar.  The restaurant is all the rage and six months from now everyone will have moved on to the next grand opening but until then this is the place to be on a Friday night in New York. 

I flag down a waitress dressed in the restaurants skimpy black dress uniform and order a Scotch on the rocks.

As I look around I observe all of the people; you can see the stress of the workweek oozing out of people.  The men and women discard their suit jackets as to signal easing into the weekend.  Most of the people hopping around the bar are beginning a weekend of debauchery.  There was a time that Chris and I did this, but that seems so long ago.  I look at the people around me nostalgically, but I don’t miss it.  If anything I feel a little out of place.

“Hi sexy!” Chris murmurs into my ear as her arms slip around my waist.  I lean back against her.  It feels good to be near her and have her in a good mood.

“I’m sorry, but I’m a happily married man, you’ll have to find someone else to call sexy,” I tease as I breath her scent in.

“But, you haven’t even given me a chance.  You might forget about your wife once you’re with me,” Chris teases back.

“No chance of that.  I’m madly in love with my wife, plus she is very sexy,” I say before turning around and pulling her into my arms.

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