The day was finally here. Penny and Richie were going to meet and iron out their issues. Since the last phone conversation, they had chatted but nothing about the earlier conversation had cropped up. They chose a restaurant they frequented. It was a small Chinese restaurant with a homely touch. Richie had already arrived since the restaurant was close to his place of work.
Penny arrived moments later, cladded in a flowing black dress that had a slit on the side which revealed her glowing caramel skin. Her heels complemented her skin tone and well-pedicured feet. Her silky hair was tied back. Richie stood up to greet her and they shared a warm embrace before each of them took a seat. “What will you be having today? The usual?” Queried Richie as he gazed into Penny’s piercing eyes.
She smiled at him and nodded her head in affirmation. There was an awkward moment of silence before Penny remarked, “Should we really do this? We can just have dinner and see how things go.” Richie adjusted his posture, took a sip of water and started, “I’d rather we just get this out of the way. The longer we wait the more awkward it gets. See, I’m never really sure why conversations sound legit in my head until I open my mouth. right before you walked in, I had already laid out everything I was going to say.
The moment you walked in and I saw that swan glide, most of it flew out the window. Your lips didn’t make it any easier but I’ll just go off the top with it. I’ve lived my whole life knowing everybody is a friend until the tables turn. So I never open up beyond what I can’t afford to lose. You know all about cards and chests, yeah? And then I met you. I’ve opened up to you more than I have to anyone else. And it felt nice to know there’s someone I could be frank with.
But there’s still that part of me that is always cautious. Maybe I’m weak and letting my guard down will just make it even harder for me to trust anyone if that bond is broken. And I know you don’t any intentions of doing that, but still, it’s a hard to thing to just change overnight.”
Penny smiled at Richie, reached out and held his hand. “And I totally understand you. We all went through different environments that had an impact on us. I wouldn’t be angry at you for not being too trusting of people just as much as I don’t expect you to be angry at me for trusting people a bit too easily. My only question to you would be, is that the life you want to live though? A life of uncertainty. Where you never really get to enjoy the small things in life?
You’ll experience great moments and torrid ones in life. It’s just how this thing here is set up. But why would you deny yourself the chance to have some beautiful memories because of a little fear? We’re all afraid of something, but what makes life interesting is knowing there’s you can’t really predict most things. And the irony of life is that you always look forward to the next day even though it just draws you closer to your last breath. So why not live in the moment? Make mistakes. Fall in love. Find an adventure.
I always knew there would come a time that this discussion was going to happen. This isn’t how I saw it happening, but it is. You’ve been in my life for so long and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to tell you, can you give us a chance? Everything you’re always talking about is right in front of you but you spend so much time trying to save the world you forget to hold yours together. So I’m shooting my shot. Can you give us a chance?”
Richie was taken aback and could barely get any words out of his mouth. He paused for a moment, stood up from his seat, walked over to Penny; gently placed his hands on the back of her neck and kissed her. He looked Penny in the eyes, smiled went back to his seat. “Well, I’m risk avert but you’re right, what’s life if it’s predictable? Breakfast at my place?”