"What are you doing here?" I ask and look around the diner.
"I work here," he says and slid into the booth.
"You work here?" I ask just to be sure I heard him right.
"Yep," he says popping the 'p'
"I assume you stay close?" He asks and I nod answering.
"Just across the street" I inform and mentally smack my head for giving so much information.
"What would you like to order?" He asks and slid out of the booth.
"Uhm.." I scan the menu.
"I will have a chocolate milkshake and pizza," I say and he writes them down on the notepad.
"Coming right up" he walks to a door I think leads to the kitchen. I relax in my booth and look out the window watching people pass by. A couple holding hands pass by and my mind drift to Tay. Is he thinking about me like I am right now? Will he fight for us, for me? Do I even deserve it after what I said to him? My hand goes to my ring on my finger and play it around my finger.
"Here you go," a voice says breaking me from my thoughts. I look at the table and find pizza with a milkshake.
"Thanks," I say and take a sip of the milkshake.
"Pleasure." He slid into the booth with a beer in his hand.
"I thought you were working?!"
"My shift is done so I am going to keep you company. You look like you need it" he says and takes a sip from the green bottle.
"What is on your mind?" Dick asks and takes a sip of his beer.
"So many things sometimes I think my head is going to explode with all the overthinking "
"Maybe if you share some, you will feel better" Dick suggests.
"I can't do that!"
"Why not?" He asks casually.
"For one, I have known you for a day. I can't just tell you everything about my life" he chuckles.
"Am not asking you to share everything with me. Share enough for me to be able to help, you never know." He shrugs.
"Am fine. Let's talk about something else?" I suggest.
"What are your plans for tonight?" I ask and take a bite of my pizza.
"I don't know yet but you are welcome to come with me?"
"I don't know. You could be a serial killer" he lets out a small chuckle.
"You have one big imagination." He informs.
"I know, "
"Come with me?" He places his beer on the table and stands up.
"Where?" I ask following him.
"We are going to party until our legs hurt" he informs and I shake my hand no.
"Come on, live a little. I promise you will have fun" he grabs my hand and drags me out of the diner after paying for my meal that I didn't even get to finish.
"Am tired and I just want to go to bed and sleep" I whine as he continues to drag me down the street.
"Come on, it's just ten minutes to five minutes walk." We take a turn to a dark alley and memories flood in my mind. I try to control my breathing as he continues to drag me. As if he can sense my discomfort Dick says,
"I promise am not a serial killer or anything like that" he smiles and we get out of the alley. There is a club across from the road and we walk to it. He opens the door for me and I walk in to load music. There man seating around and watching something on the stage and I turn to look to find a woman pole standing.
"You took me to a strip club?" He drags me to the bar counter and a guy looks at us and beams. I seat on the barstool and Dick leans over the counter and kisses the bartender as in full make-out sessions leaving my mouth open in shock and surprise. I recover from my shock and look around the club. It is elegant and beautiful. Waitresses are walking around in short leather skirts and crop tops taking orders.
A hand taps my shoulder and I turn to look.
"Sorry about that" Dick apologizes with a little blush.
"I didn't know that you are gay?" I look between him and the bartender.
"Yeah, you never asked."
"Olivia, Kevin. My boyfriend." Dick introduces.
"Nice to meet you," I tell Kevin and he nods with a smile on my face.
"You too, "
"What can I get for you guys?" He wipes the counter with a white cloth.
"What?no. I am not drinking" I shake my head.
"Yes, you are." He ignores me and tells Kevin to serve us shots.
"In 3,2,1" I grab the gulp down the shot and groan when my throats burns. We spend an hour in club drinking and laughing our ass off waiting for Kevin to knock off. Talking to Dick kind of helps me. He doesn't make me think about Tay when we are talking. It's like he flips a part of me that belongs to Tay off.
"I told you, you would have fun." Dick places his arm over my shoulder as we walk down the empty streets of Cape Town.
"Yeah, thank you for tonight. I really had fun" I confess.
"Where are we going?"
"You are coming with me to get a tattoo." He informs.
"Am not getting a tattoo" I tell him.
"I know silly. Am getting a new tattoo." Kevin chuckles and share his head in amusement.
"Is he always like this when he is drunk?" I ask Kevin.
"Pretty much. He always makes me do it."
"Wait, you are the tattoo guy?" I ask, surprised.
"Yep," he says popping the 'p'. Kevin opens the door to a tattoo shop and we walk into a guy carrying a tattoo gun busy drawing at the blonde girls back.
"Hey man," Kevin and the guys to a bro hug.
"Olivia, Aiden. Aiden, Olivia" Kevin introduces. I seat on the small couch and watch as Kevin work on Dick's tattoo on his arm.
"So, what do you want?" A voice asks. I look at Aiden's direction to find him already looking at me.
"Want what?" I ask, confused.
"I mean tattoo." He informs and I quickly shake my head no. I probably should have gone back to the apartment. Now the alcohol is starting to have an effect on me.
"I don't want any tattoos," I say and look back at Dick to find him sticking out his tongue at me.
"I really have to go now but thank you for tonight," I tell Dick and stand up from the couch. I wave at them at bye and walk to the door.
"I will call you tomorrow," Dick yells as I close the door. I nail a cap and it takes me back to the apartment.
Silence greets me when I enter the house. I sigh and toss the keys on the counter. I fill a glass with water and gulp it down. I walk to the bedroom, undress and get under the duvet without putting pajamas on, and sleep welcomes me.
(If you were given an opportunity to play a role in this series, which role would you play?)