Book by: j.m.gonzales
“Hey gorgeous, ready for tonight?” he asked.
“Yes, I am.”
“How was your day?”
“My day was good, pretty busy day at work and you?”
“Same, I’m on lunch right now.”
I hopped into my car and my phone connected to the Bluetooth.
“So, you’re on lunch, what are you eating?” I asked.
I tried to gather as many clues as I could to see if I knew this guy or not.
“Oh, just a ham and cheese sandwich I made for my lunch today.”
“Oh, okay. I wish I had time to pack a lunch, but I’m just so busy.”
“Yeah, I know, working for a newspaper firm can get pretty hectic. Well, listen I have to go, I’ll see you later okay?” he said.
“Yeah, sure. See you later.” I said.
I was excited and nervous to see who this guy is, nothing was triggering a memory, his voice didn’t even sound familiar. I drove to the mall to see if I could find an outfit to wear for this evening, Celvin Lounge is a five-star place. When I arrived to the mall I walked over to this store called Fashion Elsees, they had a lot of nice formal attire there. I fell in love with this one outfit, a nice white silk dress, with a gold clutch and matching heels. It was sort of hard for me not to buy it, it was perfect for tonight’s occasion. I found my size and headed over to check out.
“Hello, how are you, find everything okay?” the cashier asked.
“Yes, I did. Thank you.”
“Your total is $85.20.”
I didn’t really care about the money, I just wanted to look my best. I checked my watch for the time and realized that I only had about an hour and half to get ready. I went straight home to take a shower.I put on the outfit I just bought, did my make-up and hair, and was ready to head out. I got inside my car and plugged in the address into my GPS. As I arrived to the Celvin Lounge, I couldn’t see any other entrance except for one, so I followed all the cars around the water fountain that lead right up to Valet Parking.
Some guy walked right up to me, opens my door and says,
“Good Evening ma’am.” As he extended his arm to help me out of the car.
I grabbed his hand and got out. He handed me a ticket and placed the other one on to the dash. He drove off towards the parking garage that was right in front of the lounge. I sprayed some perfume, and reapplied some lipstick before walking in. When I approached the big glass double doors, my heart began racing, and I was starting to get nervous. Keep in mind this guy knows what I look like but I don’t know what he looks like. I took a deep breath, and then walked inside.
When I opened the doors, the place looked like one big giant casino, but it was a lounge. There was a bar on your right side, and the dance floor was in the middle. They had a nice gold carpet that lead from the entrance out to the center of the room.There was also nice gold chandeliers hanging from the celing that matched the carpets and everything else that was gold in there.
This place felt like it was invitation only, everyone kept staring at me making me feel out of place, like as if I didn't belong. I walked over to the bar to get myself a drink, because by the look of things it seems like I might need it.
“Hello, good evening, what can I get started for you?” the bartender asked.
“Long Island Ice Tea please with a slice of lemon.”
I sat there and looked around the room, hoping to catch a glimpse of the man I’m meeting up with tonight… I began scoping the room.
“Here you go ma’am.” The bartender said as he placed my drink down.
Ooo, what about that guy over there? He keeps looking at me, could that be him? I asked myself.
“Nope, he’s married.” I could see his wife walk up to him and give him a kiss.
I checked my watch to see what the time was and it was five minutes before eight. I finished my drink and ordered another one. I was becoming antsy as I was just sitting there alone for what felt like hours. I took a couple sips of my drink and continued to look around. I looked at my watch again to see that this time it was eight o’clock, and no one has approached me yet. I ordered another long island ice tea, it was the only thing that seem to be helping with my nerves. The music was playing very loudly,mostly techno, the room was starting to fill up, and the lights were blinking. I wish I had a number to call but I don't.
After my third long island ice tea, I wasn’t nervous anymore, I was in the mood to dance. I glanced at my phone again and it was now eight-fifteen, and still no phone call or text message. I grabbed my drink, and headed out to the dance floor. The room started to fill up and it was beginning to feel crowded. I could see everyone dancing with their partner so I had no choice but to dance alone. After a couple of songs, I looked at my watch again to see that it was almost nine o’clock. I needed another refill so I headed back to the bar to order another drink, this time I was feeling something different.
“Could I please have a tequila sunrise.” I asked.
“Sure thing ma’am.”
I could see a guy in the distance, checking me out. He seemed to be alone, I don’t recognize him, but at this point I really didn’t care anymore, it was nine o’clock and my mystery man wasn’t here yet. I turned around to grab my tequila sunrise, before I could get up the bartender brought me another drink, it was another long island ice tea.
“I didn’t order that.” I shouted over the music to the bartender.
“I know you didn’t ma'am, but someone else did.” He said.
“It’s already taken care of.”
“ Really? Who bought it?” I asked.
“That man over there, walking towards the elevator.” he said as he pointed towards the crowd.
I looked in the distance to see who he was pointing at, but I could barely see anything. I grabbed the long island Ice tea and noticed that the napkin beneath it had something written on it.
“4258?” Room number... Maybe? Yes, it’s a room number! I thought to myself.
I grabbed the drink, and made my way through the crowd. The floor was over flown with people dancing, that I had to push my way through. I could see a guy wearing a suit, gently making his way through the crowd. That has to be him! I tried my best to hurry up and catch up to him.
I yelled to everyone as I was approaching the corner that I saw the man turn on, as I swung around the corner to try and stop him, the elevator doors closed and all I caught was a glimpse of his suit.
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