If everything worked in my favour, I might have been susceptible to choosing the right career the first time and getting married at 25. I guess I am grateful that everything didn’t always work out for me.
I was planning on making dinner, but I ended up just having a beer.
“You can keep on going with them” Annie said breathing heavily. ”I just quickly want to catch my breath” She stopped to sit down on a boulder under a tree next to the hiking trail. “I’ll catch up with you guys”
André had already stopped when saw her slowing down. He moved closer to her so that he was also in the shade of the tree she was sitting under. “We’re in no hurry, take you time” He handed her his water bottle.
“Thanks” she said, her breathing slowly started to settle down. She took a few big swigs of water and handed back his bottle. “I probable should not have agreed to come along. I knew I wasn’t fit enough” she said apologetically. “I guess I just really wanted to come with you.” She lifted her face to meet his eyes. Continue reading
They were sitting on the low brick wall under the trees in exactly the spot they ran into each other more than two months ago. “Me and two friends from res are going hiking in Jonkershoek on Saturday. I was wondering if you would like to come with us?” André asked.
“That’s strange, I was also wondering something.”
“What is that?”
“I was wondering if you are ever going to kiss me.”
He awkwardly yanked his head up, meeting her eyes with his. He know he was suppose to do something, to kiss her, but he was completely baffled. He just held her eyes. Before he could get himself to respond, he heard the familiar sound of his best friends voice.
“Look who I found” Isak loudly exclaimed, squeezing himself in-between André and Annie, putting an arm around each of their shoulders, squeezing them closer to him until their heads almost touched.
“So Annie” Isak paused to turn his head to face Annie and look her directly in the eyes. “How does it feel to know that you are the reason I don’t get to see my best friend anymore?” he said pretending to be accusative.
Before Annie could continue her sentence, Isak interrupted. “You should feel bad”
“Well” Annie started again “You still see more than enough of each other. All that’s missing for you two to be called a couple, is holding hands in public” Annie proclaimed pretending to sport a cheeky attitude.
It’s Isak’s turn to defend. “I”
This time it’s Annie who doesn’t allow him to finish “You are probable already doing that when you’re alone.”
“Are you not going to say anything André? Are you just going to allow this woman to treat me like this” Isak said with a dramatic flair in his voice.
André lifted his head from where he was looking down at the gravel on the ground. All this time he sat there silently, trying to come to terms with what happened before Isak arrived.
“Really, nothing?” Isak Asked
André just shook his head and smiled.
“What have you done to him?”
“Well…I asked him if he is ever going to kiss me… and he responded by doing nothing.” Annie said wide eyed, still poking fun at André.
“Burn brother!” Isak proclaimed, truly showing some sympathy for his friend.
With a look on his face that were in-between apologetic and embarrassed, André broke his silence. “You really don’t have any mercy on me.”
“I’m leaving you two with this awkward situation now.” Isak said as he got up, formally nodding at both of them before he turned around and walked away.
Feeling that the offer Annie extended has expired, André broke the awkward silence. “Would you like to come with us on Saturday?
She was standing under the trees on the pavement talking to someone he doesn’t know. He paused for a few second as he was walking down the few small stairs of the building he just had class in when he noticed her. Stray sun rays managing to find their way through the leaves moved across her shoulders and although he was too far away to see it, he knew it was dancing off the tiny coils her blonde hair made in her neck when it is tied in a bun like that. He didn’t know how she would respond, it wasn’t as if they were friends before, but he deliberately pushed that from his mind as he approached her.
She was alone now, looking at her phone, which made him slightly more confident. He walked up to her not quite understanding why he was suddenly so nervous. She didn’t notice him coming closer and was visibly startled when he said her name.
Looking up from her phone the confusion almost immediately vanished when she recognised him.
“I saw you standing here and I thought I’ll just come and say hi” he said after a slight pause – just in time to prevent awkwardness. “How are you doing? Are you settling in fine in Stellenbosch?”
“I’m doing fine, and you?”
“I’m good.” He was trying to come up with something to say, he really didn’t want the conversation to end.
“Have you run into anyone else from school yet?”
“I’ve seen a few of them. Jessica have some classes with me. You decided to grow your hair I see.”
“Yes.” Looking at her, he self consciously pushes his hair behind his left ear. Her tone of voice didn’t give away whether she approve of it or not and just like he didn’t understand why he was so nervous, he also didn’t understand why that suddenly mattered to him. “I haven’t decided whether I’m going to keep it like this.” Just in case.
“Have you ran into any familiar people?”
Not the response he was looking for. “A few. I often hang out with Ish though, we’re still friends.”
“Not as if anyone expected that something will be able to separate you two!”
Again, where were she going with this. He just smiled. “I have to go. I have class in five minutes. You must have a good day.”
She smile back at him. There we go. That was the smile he remembered. The smile making everything behind her blur as it was a photo form a professional photo shoot – the only clear thing her face. Her face with that smile.
He turned around quickly, just to prevent himself from staring. That would be rude.
He stopped in his tracks and turned to face her again
“It’s really nice to see you”
That was all the encouragement he needed. He slowly took a few steps towards her again, unsure of himself, but determined not to let this chance slip. “Would you like to get coffee sometime?” Hesitant “Today maybe?”
Thanks for reading. Feel free to criticize.
…between what I have to do and what I want to do.
I wrote this several years ago when I was still an university student. Although I would never write stuff like this again, it still made me laugh when I discovered it today. Hope you also enjoy it.
O, and by the way, this really is a true story!
I always kind of knew it would happen. She always gets everything she wants, that spoiled brat. It’s not as if I like the guy, no, not at all, but it’s just that I didn’t want her to have him. So this morning while we were working on an English assignment in the computer room, she softly (and o so innocently) told me that she have something to say to me. And when I asked what it was, she replied: “We are together now, me and the Freakin ape” (of course that’s not what she said, but lets call him that for now). Luckily my excellent angel disguise didn’t show any sign of how upset I were. She continued to talk, “did you know?”, “did you notice?”, or something like that. All I really heard was “bla bla bla” as I was trying so hard to keep the jealous bitch, that just wanted be let loose and yell “Why, why o why do you always do this to me, isn’t it the third time now?”. By this time you’re probable just thinking I’m an ass, because why don’t I want them to be together if I does not even like the Freakin ape? Well the answer to that you can choose yourself. Option 1 (the answer the angel disguise would have given you): “What do you mean? I’m just so happy that their together now, they make such a cute couple.” Option 2 (the answer the jealous bitch inside of me would have given you), well lets skip this answer for now and let me give you a bit of history that will (hopefully) justify the jealous bitch’s answer.
Once upon a time in a beautiful little town where the sun always shone and the birds always sang, two friends lived together in their lovely castle. Lets call them Me and Jane. Every day they played in the sun and sang with the birds and were as happy can be. One day Me, decided that this amazing friendship they had would only get better if Me introduce one of her other friends, lets call her “Currently irrelevant” to Jane. So Me introduced Currently irrelevant to Jane, and just as Me wanted it to be, Jane and Currently irrelevant became great friends, in fact, they became such good friends that they fell in love and moved in together in our Castle. (At this stage please note that both Currently irrelevant and Jane are girls). The days grew colder and the birds stopped singing and soon Me were not part of the friendship anymore. They excluded Me from everything and ignored Me as if Me were invisible. So Me made new friends in a far-off place where the sun shone again and the birds sang beautiful songs.
Several years later, Jane and currently irrelevant started hating each other, the castle they lived in became a terrible place and they both moved out. Poor Jane were traumatized and off cause Me were there to pick up the pieces. So the story continue…
Not so long ago in a beautiful little town where the sun always shone and the birds always sang, Me was happy and friends with Jane and also friends with the Freakin ape. So Me though it a good idea to introduce Jane and the Freakin ape to each other so that they all can be friends and sing in the lovely sun. But just as the previous time, Jane and the fucking ape excluded Me from the friendship. Suddenly Jane was not into girls anymore and Jane and the Freakin ape fell in love. They started ignoring Me and pretended that Me is a stupid fool, who would not notice that they were only using Me. So now, just as long ago in a far-off land, the days grew colder and the birds stopped singing and poor Me were left outside again.
Now for the answer the jealous bitch would have given you: “Jane is a selfish and pretentious bitch who thinks the sun shines out of her ass. O look at how lovely the sun is today. O no! That’s not the sun, Jane is just bending over”.
Anyway, now I’m depressed again, drinking too much beer with Currently irrelevant, which kind of make her Currently relevant, and hoping that some time I will be happy again.