21) Bad Time
I watched her for a few minutes from across the room. I’d gone for a wee while Caleb went to the bar to buy the next round. We’d been having a good time, the four of us, Caleb and Alice having hit it off right away. I had a feeling they would. Caleb was a good lad, always respectful to women and a little on the quiet side. I was glad to see him enjoying himself.
But at the moment, I only had eyes for Roni. She sat next to Alice at a table, a beer in her hand, her pinky sticking out like she was drinking a proper cup of tea. There had been moments throughout the evening where I felt at peace, like everything was okay between us. She’d laughed at one of my stupid jokes and even poked me in the ribs, her head falling on my shoulder. When our eyes connected, she smiled and bit her bottom lip. When I reached for her hand, however, she pulled away a bit, grabbing her beer.
I smiled as I leant against the wall, shoving my hands in my pockets. I enjoyed watching her, the way the corners of her mouth curled up just before breaking into laughter at something Alice had said. Jesus, I was in love with her. She was everything to me, and whether or not she believed it, I was determined to show her. We were meant to be together, I knew it. This was not just some fling to me, some passing relationship between co-workers that would fizzle out before the rest of the office found out about it. In fact, I wanted everyone to know. She was mine, and I was not about to let her go.