It didn’t go according to plan. One night on the yacht with Barbara, was more than enough. There was no romance at all, just cold rain on the outside, door slamming and yelling, on the inside. He would have to get the door to the bedroom fixed now, because she had broken it. As they coasted into the harbor the next morning, he realized they hadn’t said two words to each other since last night. He tried to apologize, as she stepped off at the pier, but all she said was, “Yeah, thanks for nothing!” and then she was gone. That one really hurt.
At the harbor inn, he had a few too many beers that night, and decided to stay. He was angry and alone, but had no idea what to do about it. He felt stupid, as he fumbled with the card, trying to get into the room. Once he was inside, he passed out on the bed.
His phone woke him up the next morning, along with a splitting headache from the night before. “Hey Bub!” It was Grace, the office receptionist. She always called him Bub, even though his name was William. Were all young people so disrespectful?
“Shhh, not so loud please.”, was all he could say. She said, “Wow you sound awful…..I’m sorry it didn’t work out, with you and Barbara.” “Are you ready to try that online dating service I told you about?” He was shocked. “Wait a minute…..you know?” She said, “Yeah of course, it’s called social media.” His heart sank.
“I’m not ready Grace……you know that”. He wasn’t sure what he was feeling, and it was true he wanted some good times, a friend maybe……but a relationship? He told Grace he was going out to sea again, this time alone. “I need the solitude, I’m not grieving anymore (which was a lie) I just need the ocean.”
She wished him well, but before they hung up, she said, “Listen, please do me a favor, and think about online dating…….and stop feeling guilty about wanting someone…….you’re a human being.” He just listened. She continued, “….And your wife would have wanted that for you.” He realized she was right, and he was shaken to the core, as he hung up the phone.
The conclusion tomorrow!
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