Short Story- By Jon’te Aycox
The streets of Manhattan is crowded with cabs and cars on this warm breezy Friday evening. The streets are backed up in traffic, as cars and cabs sits there waiting for traffic to move. Horns goes off, “BEEP….’BEEP….”BEEP…” Impatient drivers yelling out the windows, “COME ON…”GO…”IDIOT”……”FOOL…”FREAK..” The side walks are full of people walking. The Asian restaurant, Momofuku Ssäm Bar on 207 Second Ave, at 13th St, is very crowded. Laura came through the entrance of the restaurant, amazed by the nice setting of this fine dining restaurant. The big fancy bar crowded with couples, ordering drinks and Asian dishes. The dining area has tables against a nice texture green and brown color cream wall. This handsome blue eye, blond hair waiter approached Laura. “Hi, Would you like to order at the bar or in the dining area?” Laura looked at the waiter. “Um.. In the dining area, a table for two.” “I’m here waiting for someone,” Laura said. “Follow me, There’s a table over there in the dining area,” the waiter said. Laura followed the waiter into the dining area. The waiter put down two menus on the table, as Laura sat down. “Can I start you off with any wine, any appetizers?” The waiter ask. “No thanks, I’ll wait until my date come, he shall be here soon, thanks,” Laura said as she smile. The waiter smile back. “Alright I’ll come back when he comes, to take both of your orders,” The waiter said. Laura was in hopes that her date looked as handsome as the waiter did. “What a stud,” Laura thought to herself. Laura friend, Lisa put together this whole blind date. Laura has no idea what guy Lisa hooked her up with. Lisa talked Laura into dating. Laura been single for five years now. Her last relationship was very heart-broken. Laura remembers the pain and heartache she felt from her boyfriend cheating many times. Lisa went on and on about this guy that she want Laura to date. Lisa picked out the restaurant where she wanted Laura and her date to eat. Lisa described this guy to Laura and told the guy about Laura. It was all setup. Laura looks at her watch, noticing her date is late. All of a sudden her phone rings. Laura looks at the number on her cell, she noticed it’s Lisa calling. Laura picked up her cell, “Hello.” “Billy is stuck in traffic but he should be there soon,” Lisa said. “I just got done talking to him.” “He knows you are sitting in the dining area where I told you to sit.” “He knows what you are wearing and how you look.” “I told him that I picked out that dress you are wearing.” “He knows your favorite color and that you’re allergic to chocolate and strawberries.” “He also knows the word, y’all, irritates you,” Lisa said, as she kept going on and on. All Laura kept hearing was blah blah blah. Lisa kept talking. “The color of your hair, your height, your weight.” Laura yelled, “STOP….” “Lisa I get it, I’ll talk to you later.” “Oh he is so tall and dreaming, dark hair, professional, half Puerto Rican, dark features, big feet,” Lisa said. “LISA I’M HANGING UP NOW, BYE…” Laura opens up her makeup mirror, looking at herself, fixing her lipstick and hair. Laura looked up and all of a sudden she see a big tall guy walking into the entrance of the restaurant. The guy looked around the restaurant. Laura meets eyes with him, he waves one hand as he walks into the dining room area. Laura stands up as this tall man comes toward her, putting out his big hand, with a big smile on his face. Laura extends her hand for a hand shake but she doesn’t give eye contact and doesn’t smile. “Hi… I’m Billy.” “Hi…I’m Laura.” They both sat down. The waiter came over to the table. “Are you both ready to order?” Laura looking to the side, as her body language puts up a wall. Billy looked at the menu and then he put down the menu, looking at Laura with an irritated look. The waiter is still standing there confused. “Ok.. I’ll be back,” The waiter said as he walk away. Billy waves a hand. “Hello…Laura…is anyone home?” Laura turns her chair, facing away from Billy. “Ok tell me.” “Is it my height that scares you or you mad at me for those long draining days at work, hearing my loud music blasting loud everyday?” Laura still not looking at him, she remember seeing him at work. She thought to herself, “Why the heck did Lisa do this, I’m going to kill…her.” “Did Lisa tell you about me?” Bill said. Laura looking the other way still. “She did tell me about you but I still didn’t have no idea who the you was, she left a lot out about you.” “We don’t know each other but I have seen you around at the office, but we never spoke though,” Laura said. “Plus there’s a lot of tall guys at the office.” “Can you look at me Laura?” “You know what Mr. Billy, If that’s your real name.”(Billy interrupts Laura)”That is my real name Mrs.Laura.” “NOW…(Laura interrupts)”look Billy I think this date been over way before it started…ok…and so we shall just say good night.” Billy looked at her. “You still never told me why you hate me, I’m waiting,” Billy said. Billy continues. “There’s great food here, I been here before, The best Asia food in town.” “So can we please be adults here and just tell me everything you hate about me, even if you want to punch me in the face or if you want to tell me how much you hate guys cause of your ex cheating on you many times but that’s y’all.. y’all issue, not mine.” Laura face became very serious and very irritated. “Laura I’m so..so..sorry..I didn’t mean to say that.” “Lisa told me that…”(Laura interrupts) “LET ME GUESS..LISA TOLD YOU THAT MY EX CHEATED, RIGHT?” “BILLY YOU ARE CROSSING THE LINE NOW!!” Laura said in an angry tone. Laura grabs her purse as she stood up to leave. “Laura please, please, stay….” “Please sit down.” Laura sat back down and turns the other way. “I tell you what, Laura if it makes you feel better, Lets have some wine, and then you tell me what is bothering you.” “This poor waiter been waiting for us to order for thirty minutes now.” “He been standing in that corner in the front watching us argue.” “Ok Billy you win, Lets order.” Billy and Laura order their dinner and wine. They both zip on wine, waiting for their food. “You finally looked at me Laura, it’s about time.” “Maybe I’ll see a smile soon,” Billy said. “All man are dogs, You want me to say bad things about you, right?” “Go ahead, eat your heart out,” Billy said. “You get on my nerves with your loud music at work, when I’m trying to get my papers done.” “You wear way to much old spice.” “That shirt you have on, looks like a grandpa shirt.” “You are a dog who probably cheated on all your girlfriends.” “I don’t like when you clip your hand nails in front of everyone at the office, that is rude.” “I can’t stand when you sing loud at work.” “You just don’t have any manners.” The waiter delivered the plates of food to their table. “Wow..Just right on time, save by the bell, this looks yummy, thanks,” Billy said. “Thanks,” Laura said. “No problem,” the waiter said. “Laura I’m sorry if you hate me so so…much.” “I’m sorry to be that weird guy at work, I’ll turn down my music at work for now on.” “Also I truly think you are very piss at me cause of your boyfriend troubles from five years ago, so you think that all guys are dogs but you are afraid to be honest with you.” “You put up this wall and can’t even give someone a chance, a guy that can possibly treat you right.” “Am I’m right?” Billy said. “You don’t know me,” Laura said. “I can see it Laura, you have been hurt in your life.” Laura eats her food, as she looks down, knowing that everything he is saying is right. “Laura you said all these things about me, but you aren’t use to hearing the truth about you.” “To be honest, you are a very beautiful woman but stubborn and that dress is very hideous.” “Now wait a minute, This dress is made by a great designer, I spent a lot of money on this dress.” “How’s the food?” Billy ask. “Good”, Laura said with a smile. “See you have a beautiful smile, let go of the bitterness in your heart and smile more, your beauty isn’t just your outside but I see your beauty shining from the inside when you smile,” Billy said. Billy and Laura talked more and more doing dinner as time went by. Laura let down her wall and smiled and laughed more. They both got along more and more. They both talked about each other back grounds. “My dad use to go on vacations to Chicago for the music festival,” Billy said. “My parents been out there, it’s very nice out there,” Laura said. “What’s your favorite food?” Laura ask. “I love Tia food, Asia food, Chinese.” “And you?” Billy ask. “I like Italian and Asia food.” There was lots of laughing, as Billy and Laura started to enjoy each other company. “So what do you like to do in your spare time?” Billy ask. “I like to go to the mountains and look at the scenery, I also love going to the movies and broad way shows.” “I like going to the wine tastings and I love hiking trips and the art galleries,” Billy said. The waiter comes over. “Any dessert for you both?” “Can I get the Panna Cotta cheese cake, with two forks?” “Is that ok, you don’t mind sharing?” Billy said to Laura. “Sure sounds good.” Laura felt a romantic vibe between them two. “Coming right up,” The waiter said. “You are going to love this, it’s so good,” Billy said. Their dessert arrived. “Thanks”, they both said to the waiter. Billy picked up the fork and digs in to the dessert, feeding Laura the dessert. Laura felt so special. “No guy ever did this for me,” Laura said as she smile. She then picked up a fork, and fed Billy the dessert. At the end of the date Billy and Laura walked out together, as they thank the waiter for his service and gave him a tip. Laura walked out the restaurant as Billy held the door open for her. They both met eyes. “So I guess this is bye,” Billy said. “Thanks for dinner, I had a great time,” Laura said. “I won’t be that weird guy at the office playing my music loud, I won’t wear this old shirt ever again, and I’ll be careful with the after shave,” Billy said as they both start laughing. “I’ll let the past go and not punish you from the pain that my ex cause me.” “I’ll work on not being so stubborn and learn to enjoy life with a smile, no more bitterness in my heart,” Laura said. “You forgot one more thing, “Billy said. “What’s that?” “That you will look me in the eyes for now on,” Billy said with a smile. Laura and Billy met eyes, as they still stood outside the restaurant. Billy and Laura slowly kiss each other, as they both felt the chemistry, that connection. “So will you go on a second date with me Laura?” “Yes”, Laura said. “RING …RING….RING…” Billy cell phone rings and Laura cell rings at the same time. Laura and Billy answer their cell phone, “Hello.” “Hi two love birds, I got you both on the line, so give me the details on what happen on the date.” “Did you both kiss?” “Is there another date?” “What did you both eat?” “How was the wine?” “Was dinner good?” Lisa kept going on and on, as Billy and Laura held their phone to their ear at the same time, laughing. “Lisa that’s enough,” Laura said. “Lisa, Lisa, Lisa”, Billy said, trying to shut Lisa up. Laura and Billy kept looking at each other as they still held their cell phones to their ear, laughing, listening to Lisa. “Did you both have dessert?” “What all did you both have in common?” “How long was the conversation?” “Was it crowded in the restaurant?” Lisa kept going on and on. “I’ll walk you to your cab,” Billy whispers, still holding the cell to his ear. Laura smiles, holding the cell to her ear. Laura and Billy walk down the street holding hands and their other hand is holding their cell to their ear, still listening to Lisa. ” AH….you both are walking together.” “Is their wedding bells in the future?” Laura and Billy smile and laughed. The nightly sky stars shined down over the city. Billy and Laura has a great future ahead.