Simplicity Leads to Complications

V: It really is gorgeous outside! I’ll come meet you for an ice-cream?! 5 mins?!

J: Yeah come on then, let’s!!

V: Will see you in 3 mins…

J: 2mins…

V: 30 seconds…

J: I’m here!!! And waiting…

V: Hi Jack, shall we go and get this ice cream then? (Are we in Paris or New York?)

J: Hello V, how lovely to see you, yes let’s go and I’ll get us some ice creams (in New York)

V: Great, at least Parisian eyes will not be upon us – since I don’t know New York very well, I will let you lead the way (was that a typo or are you using my nickname already?!)

J: Was a typo – but I like the result, so V it is…

V: (Is this an all day thing or is it early lunch?)

J: There is a very nice canal through New York (it’s an early lunch that could potentially extend later into the afternoon….) ; Jack is thinking to himself “Focus on the eyes, focus on the eyes!”

V: Thanks for the ice-cream Jack, it took long enough to come, remind me next time to give you a time limit on any thing for which I may ask for , so are you taking me for lunch as well – is this just the appetiser?> Valesha playfully nudges Jack’s face in the direction in which they are strolling so he doesn’t have to think about focusing on her eyes, as it’s making her nervous but she doesn’t want Jack to know that it’s making her nervous>

J: Nervous in a good way or a bad way? – Jack doesn’t want to appear pervy in any way. Jack looks straight ahead with a wry smile, not wanting to make V feel nervous, nor let his eyes wander where they shouldn’t…

V: In a good way – heading in the direction of Jack’s suggested eatery, they arrive at the restaurant and are seated at an amazing table and perusing the menu, sat opposite each other (are you driving?)

J: No, Jack hasn’t been there before; it’s a new experience for both of them. Jack’s not driving, and asks for the wine list…

Jack orders the most perfect rose wine…Valesha looks at Jack with a question, but the words are stuck in her head. Jack continues to chat obliviously…

Jack enjoys the rose wine and secretly ponders what Valesha is thinking…”What’s on your mind Valesha?” he asks…
…taking a large sip of the wine, Valesha looks over to Jack and asks, “Why are you not single Jack?”…

Jack smiles and responds, ‘if I was single Valesha, I wouldn’t be looking much further than across this table’…

Valesha nearly chokes on the wine…

Jack, waits for Valesha to compose herself, and then asks, “Why are you so shocked?”…

Valesha responds quietly and intently, “Do you realise how much I actually really like you, how could you let things go so far but not actually, really, go anywhere at all?”

Jack wishes that he hadn’t said anything at all as it probably hasn’t helped the situation. He holds back from using the clichéd phrase, “You always want what you can’t have” instead responding, honestly, “I didn’t realise. I thought it was some flirtatious mutual respect and that is wasn’t much more than that?”

Valesha replies, that’s what she meant by the double edged sword responses, Jack’s just done it again with the refrainment of the cliché, and explains that’s why she has never asked the questions because she just couldn’t be sure…this is why boys are poo, Valesha is sad and thinks she’s made the situation worse…

Jack is deeply sorry that Valesha is sad, and apologises to her for being misleading when he shouldn’t have been. He tells her that she hasn’t made the situation worse and that everything can be just as it was. He realises that in future he should keep such things to himself and not act upon them, no matter how tricky it is. He reiterates that he still really likes Valesha, and that he hopes their relationship will still be a good and friendly one as it was before their lunch, but that it must stay as that…

Jack wasn’t being misleading when his thoughts were in the right place…Valesha’s just a nutcase and blushes and says feel free to act on them because they won’t now be taken in the way that they were not meant, if that makes sense. See there you go again, “but that it must stay as that…” why would it be anything different? Listen though honey, it’s home time you can’t stay there forever, hope you have a fantastic time in Mauritius, see you Tuesday for the consultation.

Valesha’s not a nutcase at all – far from it! It wouldn’t be anything different I know…Jack just said that just because…Jack apologises again and wishes Valesha a fantastic weekend.

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