Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Guy From The Wedding — Chapter 1

 Whenever Laura Lee went to a wedding, she usually hoped to meet someone. And except for one time in her early twenties, she usually left disappointed.

This time, though, when she RSVP-ed to an old friend's wedding, she decided she'd go in with no expectations whatsoever. First of all, she wasn't even close to "little Sarah Simpson", who these days wasn't so little or even went by her dad's surname any more. Yeah, they lived next door to each other for six years when they were little, but they'd barely spoken in over twenty. Laura didn't know why she was even invited. She wouldn't have gone if her mum hadn't nagged her about going out of politeness.

The last thing Laura remembered about her former neighbour was running into her at a party of a guy she shared a class with at uni, a fully grown adult male still picking his nose and eating it when he thought no one was looking. This guy happened to be Sarah's boyfriend at the time. So Laura held little hope that anyone invited to this wedding would pass a compatibility test with flying colours.


LAURA LEE:

Shame. The guy on my left is crazy hot.


BEC LAM:

Gwailo? Blue eyes?


LAURA LEE:

Yes. No, brown.


BEC LAM:

Pass. At least you know he's single. The real question is WHY.


LAURA LEE:

Hey! What's that say about me?


BEC LAM:

Um, that you're too picky but I still love you?

Are you gonna talk to him?


LAURA LEE:

He seems a bit up himself.


"So, are you gonna be on your phone all night?" Mr. Brown Eyes looked at her pointedly. This, after barely saying two words to anyone throughout dinner?

Benefit of the doubt: maybe he was talking to someone else, but looking to her for a response. She glanced around the table. Everyone else had cleared out. Or paired up.

Nope, he was definitely talking to her. And she didn't like his tone. Laura forced a humourless smile.

"Is this your way of making conversation? Because it's not very good."

"Easy, tiger." He raised his hands. "Guess I won't bother next time."

"Like you even bothered at all."

"At least I wasn't glued to my phone. That's pretty rude, you know. Even by today's standards."

"Right." Laura stood up and grabbed her bag. "First of all, you don't know me. And I don't know you. So I don't owe you a conversation, or anything really. Second of all, I wasn't 'glued to my phone' all night. If you didn't have your head so far up your arse, you might have noticed that."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing. Like I said, I don't know you. And I don't want to know you. Have a nice life."

The grand double doors of the function hall were open wide. Summer humidity poured in from outside. As Laura reached the threshold, she looked at the newlyweds, happily dancing while close friends flocked around them. The night was young. Their love was young. Good for them.

With a sigh, she stepped outside and walked along the flagstone path to the road. The grassy park grounds around the function hall was lit with ball lanterns and fairy lights. It had been a fairy-tale wedding, minus the actual fairies. She found a quiet spot away from the party, behind the nearby souvenir shop, and sat down with a huff.


LAURA LEE:

Confirmed. He's up himself.


BEC LAM:

Oh no! What happened?


LAURA LEE:

Barely spoke at all tonight, then had a go at me for texting.


BEC LAM:

WTF? An actual go?


LAURA LEE:

More a comment, but it was a COMMENT. Like when creepy randos walk past and tell you to smile.


BEC LAM:

Guys can be so gross. I stand by my hard pass.


LAURA LEE:

I stand by it too!


BEC LAM:

Don't worry, Laurie Loo, we'll find you a nice boy.


LAURA LEE:

Forget it. I'm giving up on boys and dating. Gonna focus on myself for a while.


BEC LAM:

Speaking of which, I'm going to go get my beauty sleep. I told Russ I'd wake up early and go running with him.


LAURA LEE:

Who even are you any more?


BEC LAM:

Still your #1 friend. Love you. See you tomorrow.


LAURA LEE:

Dammit, why'd he have to be so cute.


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