Syren: Well, that's no surprise, you know how I do. But I miss you too.
Nizhoni: Hey, how's your friend, Marlin? I'm surprised you're out without her tonight. It seems like every time I talk to you, you are have been hanging out with her.
Syren: She's doing well. That's my girl.
Nizhoni: That's nice.
Syren: How's Catori? Are she and her husband expecting yet?
Nizhoni: As much as my sister would love to get pregnant, they just aren't there yet. They are still trying. It gets her down sometimes, but she knows it could take more time. I just keep telling her to stay positive. She's still young. Older than me, but still young.
Nizhoni: Hello. What's your name?
Bo: It's Bo, and yours?
Nizhoni: I'm Nizhoni and this is my friend, Syren.
Bo: Well, it's nice to meet you lovely ladies. I hope you're having a good night.
Syren: We are. We're catching up and enjoying the atmosphere.
Bo: Good. I've only been here once before, but it's pretty nice.
Bo looks over and sees his friend approaching.
Kenji: No, I think I have had enough.
Bo: You had one.
Kenji: And that is enough. I just wanted to let you know someone is getting antsy and ready to go.
Bo: Oh! Okay. Well, I'll just grab my drink and then we can be on our way.
Nizhoni: Nizhoni. It does take some people time to get used to it. (to Kenji) What's your name?
Kenji: Kenji. Hello.
Nizhoni: Hi. It's nice to meet you.
Syren: Hi. Do people call you Ken?
Kenji: No, they call me Kenji.
Syren: Oh! Well, I like your name. I was just wondering. My name is Syren, and my family calls me 'Sy'. Sometimes people just shorten your name for a nickname.
Kenji: Yes, but only if you let them. I do not.
Syren blushed. She wasn't sure if he was putting her in her place, being demeaning, or just being serious with no other intent. Bo continues to chat with them for a few minutes, then a woman walks up and starts talking to the Kenji and Bo.
Bo: Okay. I just need to finish my drink.
Brynlee: Drink responsibly, my life is in your hands. (looking at the ladies) Please tell me you are not over here flirting.
Nizhoni immediately feels her cheeks get hot. She thinks Bo is attractive, but not if he is talking to them with any intent of flirting while having a girlfriend. Syren is thinking that she looks familiar to her, but can't quite place her.
Syren: You look familiar to me. I feel like we have met, but I can't place where. Maybe through work? I handle marketing consulting.
Brynlee: Yes, you do look familiar. Give me a second, it will come to me.
Kenji: No, thank you for asking.
Brynlee: I'm fine. Thank you.
Brynlee: Yes! Yes! That's it. We met at her baby shower. We miss her at work. We're not even sure if we'll get her back. I just called her the other day. We're both paralegals in the same law office.
Syren: Well, now we know. The shower was fun.
Brynlee: Yes. Maybe one day I can have a shower just like it. They did a wonderful job.
Syren: Well maybe one day you and your (looks and nods at Bo) significant other can have one for your child.
Syren (not sure what to make of Brynlee's comment): That will be nice.
Brynlee: So you do marketing, huh? Can I get your contact information? I would like to ask you about your consulting rates. I'm thinking of opening up an Asian fusion restaurant or take out or maybe an imported goods shop. I'm still sorting through ideas and working out funding, but I need to know how to get that out there.
Syren: Sure. I'd love to help. Working with entrepreneurs is my favorite thing to do. They present the better challenge than the big guys who are just looking for the next being promotion.
They exchange information. Bo finishes his drink quickly and sets the glass down..
Brynlee (looking at Nizhoni): Aren't you going to get the lady's number? You did want it after all.
Bo: Boy, thank you so much for your snide comments and support.
Nizhoni: Umm...no, that's not...
Brynlee: What's the matter? You don't like threesomes?
Nizhoni (shocked): Umm...
Nizhoni: It's okay. I know people have different lifestyles. You're adults.
Bo: Maybe, but I don't have that one. She's just my sister. She enjoys letting women believe she's my girlfriend so she can watch them squirm. I would like your number, if you'd like to give it to me.
Syren: Well, I hate to bring up the obvious, but if you know she's going to do that, why don't you immediately introduce her as your sister when she arrives?
Bo: Probably because I still hope she'll stop it or because she is random with it. I'm not sure when to expect it. But you're right, that would keep it from happening. I'll be on top of that next time.
Nizhoni and Bo exchange numbers. Nizhoni is happy to have met this good looking man. She hasn't dated in a couple of months and she likes the attention. Brynlee, Bo and Kenji (who has been silent through pretty much the entire conversation) say 'good night' and leave.
Syren: Well, this turned out to be a fruitful evening for you. Now we may really not have any time to spend together.Nizhoni: Let's not count those chickens yet. He hasn't even called yet. He may not even call and could have just asked to spite his sister.
Syren: True, but maybe he will call. We'll have to see. Is it me or does his friend, Kenji, seem like he's too serious?
Nizhoni: Mmmm...He is a little intense with the seriousness. But if that's who he is, that's just the way it is. You also made or re-made a business contact. Good for you.
Syren: Well, let's have another for the road and then hit the road. I'm getting tired. But I will definitely want to hear if you hear from him. Capisce?
They finish their 'one for the road' and head home.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye