Who's that lady?
"What are you doing here?", I said.
"You haven't been answering my calls or text and I need to explain. What you saw the other day is not what you think."
"You don't know what I think!"
"I can take a guess."
"Well I don't have time to sit around playing guessing games with you tonight. I have company."
"Oh,your friend? I didn't think you were the night cap kind of girl."
Was he really trying to act jealous when he has a baby mama and some mystery woman? "Look, I don't owe you any explanations for anything that I do. The fact is that I don't have time and you are causing me to be rude.
"Meet me for coffee tomorrow."
"And why should I?"
"Just meet me tomorrow for coffee and I will explain everything. After that if you never want to hear from me again then I will understand and I promise to leave you alone."
"Fine. Text me the address and time" I said, as I closed the door.
"I'm sorry Emanuel."
"What was that all about?"
"Are you sure? Because it didn't sound like nothing. It sounded like a lover's quarrel."
" ha, ha, no. Not in the least."
"Well, whoever he was he sounded persistent. I really enjoyed our night. I hope I get the opportunity to take you out again."
I just smiled awkwardly.
"Well, it looks like AAA is here so I'm going to head out. I will text you when I get home."
He gave me a quick peck on the cheek and left. Emanuel was a really nice guy, handsome and sweet, but he wasn't the one. The next day I met Greg at a cute little cafe. He had already gotten a table near the back and was waiting for me.
"Ok,I'm here now talk."
"I see we are skipping the pleasantries."
I stared at him coldly.
"Ok, well I have asked you here because I wanted to explain some things. I know I probably wasn't upfront with you about my relationship and that was not fair to you so I want to apologize. I wasn't really happy in my relationship and I'm not the fastest when it comes to dealing with things that are uncomfortable. I told you about us. She was my best friend and I never wanted to hurt her or lose her friendship. Then I met you and you are gorgeous,smart,driven and so kind and I began to feel things that I haven't felt in a very long time. I didn't mean to lead you on and I realize that it was selfish of me not to tell you that I had a girlfriend. After the time we spent together I knew I wanted more but the only way for that to happen was for me to finally end things with Natalia. Then, she tells me that she is pregnant and all I could think about was how I never wanted my children to live in a single parent home. I couldn't leave her to bear that burden no matter how much my heart said something else. I wanted to do the right thing. Last week Natalia and I lost the baby.
"Oh Greg I'm so sorry! How is Natalia?
"She is grieving of course. I know it was early but she was very excited so she has been taking it pretty hard."
"And you? How are you?"
"Me? Well, if I'm being completely honest I'm relieved."
"I bet," I said.
"I love Natalia but I was not ready to be a father. I would have been there for my child 100% but it's a huge responsibility.
"and that girl I saw you with the other day?"
"yes, that was my baby sister. She was home visiting from college and we never get to see each other so I took her out to play mini golf.
"Yeah, ok. I mean what do you want from me?"
"Well, I was hoping that we could pickup where we left off."
"So you have broken it off with Natalia?"
"Well, no not yet. The miscarriage is still fresh and she is still recovering. I didn't want to be a jerk and say so sorry you lost the baby you were so excited about and by the way I don't want to be with you anymore."
"So again, what do you want from me?"
"Jas, I want to be with you or at least have the possibility of us. All I'm asking for is a little time to let things die down between me and Natalia so we can have something real. I know you felt something between us. We fit. You can't fake chemistry like that."
"And how much time is that?"
"I don't know Jas. How long does it take to heal from loss? I promise you as soon as she is doing better I will find a way to end it. Just don't run off with that CNA," he said with a smirk.
"He is a CRNA and I ended that."
"So soon? Well then."
" Yes, see because I don't believe in leading people on. You should take a lesson."
"There she is. My little fire cracker, he said with a smile flashing those perfect teeth."
"I'm not your anything."
"But you will be. Come on Jas can't you give me just a little time to figure things out?"
"I will think about it, I said and I grabbed my stuff and left."