First time for everything

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They say time flies when you are having fun, but I think the true saying is that time flies when you are up to your ears in work tasks and your boss thinks it is fun to add more work each time she finds you in the office. But even with the stresses of daily life, I would grit my teeth and made it work. Some vacation time was coming up for me and I was trying to figure out what I would do, and with all of this extra work built up, it made for some nice paychecks. Once I figured out where I would go, then I could buy the plane ticket and jet off anywhere.

Several weeks had passed since the night at the club, and Jonah and I were still talking. In fact, I found myself looking forward to the evenings when I would come home from work and start-up dinner for myself. Jonah has recently asked if I was interested in talking on the phone, or maybe even Skyping with him, but I have dodged around the question each time. I won't lie, it made me incredibly nervous to think about that. While we both know what we look like due to the profile pictures on our accounts, I couldn't help but think that he would find me very plain and boring in real life. At least through text, I could sound interesting.

Against my better judgment however, I reluctantly agreed to Skype him, as he kept persisting that it would make communication easier between us. I told him this Friday would be the best day to do it, as I could come home from work and have the most freedom for the upcoming weekend. I set my purse down in the usual spot, right next to the front door and laid my shoes on the top of the shoe rack.

Deep breath in, deep breath out. I was incredibly nervous, which irritated me beyond belief. Why should I be so nervous about this guy? Even if I did like him, I knew better than to even imagine a life with him. He was so far away, and I really was in no shape to put myself through another commitment, especially since the last one when so wrong.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to explain this to anyone that I knew. Sure, Tammy knew about Jonah, and I knew I had her support. But what about other friends? Family? My parents would think I lost my mind! Which speaking of parents, I should call them soon...

Both of my parents live in Texas, where I am actually from. I visit from time to time, and occasionally they would make the trip up here to see me. My father and I have a pretty good relationship, and he's been supportive of me moving to Colorado for this job opportunity. My mother, on the other hand, was not supportive. She didn't like the idea of me being so far from home. She wanted me closer, I guess fearing that I would forget all about my family down south. But as time went on, she got more or less okay with it. She'll still bring it up from time to time, but I think she knows that it would be a losing battle. I could just imagine her face, all scrunched up with anger if I told her I was moving even further away.

I took my laptop into the kitchen with me, grateful that I had a small island that I could set it down and it wouldn't be in the way of my cooking. Tonight's dinner was simple enough, baked chicken breasts, but I planned lots of cut-up vegetables, something to distract me so I wouldn't have to look at the screen for long periods of time. Picking up my phone, I shot Jonah a message:

Bookbabe2: Hey Jonah, I'm online on Skype, let me know when you are ready.

Sent. Now just to wait. I decided on a little sip of wine might help me feel better. Reaching for a glass, I heard my phone vibrate against the counter. I ignored it for a while and tried to focus on pouring the wine smoothly from the bottle to the cup. When an adequate amount was in my glass, I carefully corked the bottle and set the bottle back in the fridge. I know, I was moving at a turtle's pace to answer the message, but the nerves were getting to me. I sipped on the wine for a moment, turned on the oven to get it to pre-heat, set the chicken out for preparation, and finally, with a sigh, answered the message.

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