‘Am I early?’
‘You said you’d be here at eight, it’s seven-fifty.’
‘Made good time, didn’t I?’
‘Yes, well I’m not ready. I haven’t even packed.’
‘Right. How committed are you to going home this weekend? Have you told your mum we’re coming?’
‘I told her earlier in the week that I would probably be coming home. Why?’
‘Just spoke to Kash [short for the dog breed Kashon]. He’s in London this weekend.’
‘That’s right! I completely forgot. Oh no.’
‘Oh, we can’t go. I haven’t seen Kash in months!’
‘Glad you agree, because I told him we’d meet him in an hour’
I laughed. ‘Okay, let me finish getting ready and then we can do one. Can you text my mum from my phone?’
As I put my makeup on Lad Boy shouted from the other room. ‘What’s the pin to unlock your phone again?’
I told him and carried on getting ready. I was beyond caring about him knowing everything about my life. He had the passwords to my laptop and phone, and the pin to my bank card. If anyone was savvy enough to figure what I did for a hobby it would be him, but to be fair, if he even glanced at my blog he would know immediately so I’m not exactly concerned with privacy when it comes to Lad Boy, especially seeing as he isn’t the type to peruse blogs or snoop around on my computer. It’s entirely reciprocal, and digitally speaking we could easily swap lives with the amount of information we have on each other, but that’s neither here nor there.
I walked into the sitting room to find him on my laptop. ‘How do I look?’
‘Amazing.’ He said, without looking up.
‘Mmhmm.’ He said, scrolling through a website.
‘What are you looking at?’
I collapsed into the couch next to him. ‘Nothing, huh?’
He was browsing through his ex-girlfriend’s facebook page. ‘She can be so naïve sometimes.’
He went on to tell me about a conversation he had with her earlier that day and after he was finished venting he sighed loudly and said, ‘I need a drink.’
‘Let’s go then.’
‘You look good by the way.’ He said, grabbing his coat.
‘I know.’ I said, walking out the door.
We walked to the local shop and picked up two beers for the walk to where we were meeting Kash.
‘Do you think you’ll get back together?’ I asked, taking a sip of my beer.
He took a sip and thought for a moment. ‘Yeah, probably.’
‘That’s good. I think everyone has noticed how upset you were about the breakup. It’s unfortunate when it has to be circumstantial.’
‘Well that’s just it. It’s not as if anything was going wrong, except for the timing. I think she might be it though.’
‘Well then you just hang in there, mate.’ I said, patting him on the back.
‘Until then, let’s get hammered.’
‘Deal.’ I said, and we clinked bottles before finishing our drinks.
We dumped the empties in a rubbish bin and walked towards the tube station where Kash was meant to meet us. ‘He should be around here somewhere.’ Lad Boy said, looking around.
‘Oi!’ We heard from behind us and turned around to see Kash with his arm in the air.
He walked towards us and I stepped in front of Lad Boy. ‘Me first!’ I said, throwing my arms around him. ‘Hi!’
He laughed. ‘Hey there, miss. How’s my favourite bro?’
‘Much better now that you’re here.’ I said, kissing him on the cheek.
‘Alright, mate?’ Lad Boy said, stepping in to give Kash a hug.
‘Yeah, mate. I’m good.’ He turned to the other guy lurking behind him. ‘Guys, this is my friend from work.’
We made our introductions then headed to a club, catching up along the way. Once we were inside it was difficult to carry on a conversation because it was so loud.
‘Wine?’ Lad Boy shouted.
‘Sure.’ I yelled back. ‘Do you want me to check your coat?’
‘Yeah.’ He yelled, handing his coat over.
I went to the coat check with Kash and we walked up to the window and handed over our items.
‘Oh … shit …’ Kash said.
‘What?’ I asked, then said, ‘Oh …’ as I matched his gaze to the queue of about ten people we had just cut off. ‘Oh well!’ I said, grabbing my tag and leaving the window. ‘Sorry!’ I said, wincing as we walked past the queue.
Kash was laughing as he walked ahead and we made our way to the bar to find Lad Boy and Kash’s friend. ‘Table?’ Lad Boy shouted, handing me two glasses.
We found a table and as we sat down a waitress immediately appeared to tell us the minimum we had to spend whilst sat there to be able to have the table.