My last company
Adi was the last person I was expecting a text from.
“How are you doing? What are you up to on your last night?”
I replied that I was up to nothing and stuck watching boring programmes on TV. Even if I had plans, the hope of seeing her would make me reconsider.
“We should do something! What would you like to do on your last day”.
My face lit with joy. My hopes rose. I replied that she should come up with something. Anything by her is fine by me.
I waited patiently for her reply, wondering if telling her to come up with an idea was a bad decision. It came just few minutes later.
“I have an idea for a park. We should get ice cream too”.
She went on to ask where I was and that she’d come pick me in about 30 minutes.
I jumped off the bed happily. I looked round the room. My cloths were everywhere; my guitar flung across one of the chairs. A travel bag was there beside me on the bed - opened, empty. The other duffel bag was on the table. The whole room was a mess. I should start from there.
I tidied up hurriedly. Time went slowly - really slow. I paced up and down the room. Then took a shower. I silently hoped she shows up. She stood me up the last two times. She shouldn’t this time. It was a real battle to not text and ask if she was already on her way.
Finally her text came. 45 minutes later.
“I am here”
I rushed downstairs to meet her.
She stepped out of the car as she spotted me. Her smile was radiant as ever. The sunset reflected on her black short hair. She threw her arms round me and gave me a tight hug. There is something about the way she hugs. It’s so childish; so hearty; so sincere.
“Good to see you again. Want to come up”
“No…let’s just go. Time, remember?”
“Ok. Let me grab my jacket. Give me one minute”.
She smiled at me as she drove. I couldn’t get my eyes off her. Two weeks have never been that long.
“So what have you been up to?”, she asked me.
“Hmmm…a couple of things actually”, wondering where to start. In truth, there wasn’t really anything pretty interesting in the last few days. I ended up giving her bits of everything, trying to keep a good conversation as she drove.
I didn’t know where we were going. I didn’t ask. It would only ruin the fun. The last time she surprised me, she took me to Bliss Dance, Treasure Island. It was an amazing night. The different lighting of the 40 foot tall sculpture in the dark night against the cold and distant city lights was just perfect.
"We are here", she announced as she parked the car.
It was quiet and diserted. The only other parked car looked parked for days.
She threw one arm round my waste and rested on my shoulders as we walked down. I still didn’t ask. I followed her steps. The sand, the sound and the cold told me we were at a beach or something similar.
Then I saw the water; soft waves riding to and fro. We walked close and sat on a log just few meters from the water. She cuddled my arm.
“Where is this place called?”, I finally asked.
“You come here often?”
“Not that much of late. But once in while to have alone time or meditate”
“Hmmm”, I nodded gently.
She pulled off her white converse shoes and socks and buried both legs inside the sand.
“You should try that”, she told me.
I did. It felt warm and moisturizing. We laughed. We felt like lost kids.
I just wanted to be lost at that time, at that place, with her just there beside me. The water waves rode carefree. It was the only sound you could hear. The wind was cold. That cold was soothing. Everything was just beautiful.
I finally broke the silence even though I wanted us to remain like that for as long as possible.
“Your turn; how have you been? How was your birthday?”
She told me about how she had been since we last saw; her birthday; how her feet got infected at dance class and her new data entry job for a research organization.
“The new data I’m entry is scary. The samples are married women between 26-35 with kids. Over 70% of them have sex just once or less per week.”
“Yeah. Really. I mean, it’s scary”
“So how many times do you think you’ll be having sex when married?”
She looked at me and laughed. “Like 5 times at least”.
I laughed hysterically.
“No. I am serious. To start with, I have a large sexual appetite so ofcourse, once is a no no”.
“Well, those women in your analysis probably said the same thing before they were married”, I replied and laughed again.
“How many times will you want to have sex weekly when married”, she asked back.
“Well, I am a guy. Generally, the thing, as believed, is guys don’t say no. I mean I can pride myself to say I can go as much as my wife wants. I will want to think it will definitely be a different result if your data was from men”
“That said, I honestly don’t know what marriage is like. I haven’t been married. But maybe the passion just goes down when the kids starts coming. Then life happens, you have to work more to take care of the family and you barely have the time and stress sets in and all that”
She nodded, “Yeah maybe”.
“Do you believe in monogamy?” She went on to ask.
“Well, there are many ways to look at it”, I started, trying to get the right angle to the question.
“I mean, that I am married to someone shouldn’t mean I can’t possibly have the urge to have sex with someone else for the rest of my life don’t you think?”
“I mean we can have an arrangement that for two weeks in a year or so we can go on separate vacations and do what we want - have sex with anyone else”, she continued
“That can work actually. It’s just to find a consenting partner”. Then I went on to tell her about T-pain and his wife.
We talked about love, sex and marriage for a while. Then we switched to talk about the water front, the sand and nature as we made to leave.
It was just around 11pm when she pulled in at the inn. Every moment of the night had been interesting. From the water front, we had gone to grab ice cream and then talk about Isreal crisis then religion.
She got down and gave me that warm hug again.
“I will miss you. Have a good night”
I held her hands and didn’t let go.
She smiled. “What?”
“You don’t want to come upstairs?”
She smiled again. “You know it’s past my bed time and I have an early one tomorrow”
“Yeah, I know. 30 minutes?”
“You know I can’t. I’m sorry.”
“At this point, even 10 minutes more with you is ok by me”.
She laughed. My eyes were probably pleading please don’t leave me yet.
“Ok. 10 minutes and not a minute more”.
“Yah!”. I smiled happily.
I threw my arms round her and led the way.