On Friday I had dinner at a pub with K and his girlfriend, Tia. K and I hadn’t seen each other in almost 4 years, and it was a surprise visit arranged by she and I (we’ve become quite good friends, over text message and Facebook, as it were).
It was a little bit uncomfortable at first. In fact I felt so nervous I thought I might throw up. Tia was nervous too, mainly because, well it’s kind of weird being friendly with your mans ex, and all. We all ordered food and eventually the conversation picked up.
I tried not to talk too much about “way back when” with K, because it would be disrespectful, and Tia wouldn’t be able to participate anyway, which is a bit rude. There were a couple of stories (I actually don’t remember much of that time anymore, apparently we went to a hot tub party once…) but for the most part, we stayed out of that territory.
Turns out Tia lived in the same town where Aiden grew up! She was only there for three years (and there is an age gap, so it’s unlikely they directly knew the same people) but we chatted quite a bit about that. Small world!
We talked about work and pets and other everyday things. It was fun, but the pub was super loud. I would prefer somewhere quiet I think for actual conversation.
K has changed and yet, he hasn’t. He’s grown up some. He doesn’t let people walk all over him anymore, and he’s become a little more jaded and cynical (life will do that to ya) but he seems happy. Tia is good for him, and it’s really great to see him happy and more or less settled in life. He’s still K though, quick with the flirty comments, and charming in his way. Still the “give you the shirt off his back” type. There weren’t sparks. There weren’t twinges of jealousy or longing, just contentment that he’s found his way. I did worry for him for a good while after we parted company.
We spent 3 hours together and then I went home and crawled into bed and waited for Aiden (he was out for games night with some of our other friends). I fell asleep, but woke briefly when he snuggled up beside me sometime around 1am. We may have exchanged a sleepy “How was your night?” but I don’t recall.
My reply was likely “It was nice to catch up with old friends” 🙂