Charlie and Meredith were heavy in a conversation. I looked around. There was a small stage off to the side, maybe for shows? I hope not while I’m here. I’m not into that sort of thing.
I looked up. “Oh, what?”
“Hana, Meredith asked if you wanted a drink.”
“Oh, no. No! No way. I don’t drink anymore.”
“Just one! You won’t pass out like last time, come on it’s my way of apologizing.”
“No, I’m fine, really.”
Her voice got low but she was still smiling which made it all the more unnerving.
“Everything’s not always about you, all right? So stop making it all about you. Just take my fucking drink. I’m trying to apologize. I’m trying to be friends here. Fucking suck it up, drink it and thank me.”
“What, it’s the way I talk alright, Hana has to get use to it if we’re going to be friends. Right?”
“Wait! I-I’ll accept your apology if you do something for me.”
I thought, maybe I could solve Kali’s problem without having Nia do things I was not at all comfortable with.
“What the fuck do you want then?”
“Leave Kali alone. That’s what I want.”
“No. Fuck no. That’s out. Next.”
“I mean, cool off with your attitude. Kali doesn’t love you and she never will. You’re stressing her out and-”
“I’m not. Even if I am, I’m in love with her, I know what’s best for her-”
I started getting irritated. She didn’t know what love was. Especially not towards Kali, and I was tired of hearing someone else say they were in love with her. Especially Meredith.
“You don’t know what’s best for her! You don’t even know her!”
“Uh-huh dude, I know her so fucking-”
“You don’t! No one knows Kali the way I do! We know each other so fucking well and I-”
I stopped and stared at Charlie’s face. I realized I was half out of my seat.
I wasn’t with Kali. I wasn’t…with….
“Okay okay, I’ll cool my actions. If, you drink one drink. Just one.”
“Okay, I can do that. You promise?”
“Of course,” she said. She had the scariest smile I had ever seen.
She walked off and Charlie asked the waiter if we could move tables because she wanted a different view of the show.
Great. I thought. Just an hour of this and it’ll be over.
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