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After feeding Benny and taking him for a pretty lengthy walk, I sat down with a bunch of my files and started to do some work. I wasn’t at all behind on anything, but part of me felt like I had to do at least a little bit of work everyday… I guess you could consider it my nicotine. No sooner had I sat down, though, when my phone began to ring.
“Hey Ash,” I said, after checking my caller ID.
“Hi Spence,” she replied. “Okay, so here’s the story. We have reservations at Nobu at 8:30… am I good or what?”
“Nobu? Like… the original one?”
“Wow… yeah… you’re good!” I told her.
“So I was thinking that I could get ready and then come over to your place… that way there’s no chance of me getting lost on the way over there.”
“Of course! I’m just doing some work now, but come over whenever you’re ready.”
“Alright. See you later!”
As I hung up, I sat back in my seat and tried to think about what I was doing. It was painfully obvious that there was still something there between us, regardless of our past, the distance, our jobs, and anything else that was going against us or had gone against us before (which was a relatively significant list by itself). She still had the ability to make me happier than I’d been in years, something that seemed to come rather effortlessly for her. When I was with her, I started to feel like a complete person again. And while I couldn’t be sure, I had the suspicion that she didn’t mind being around me all that much either.
More confused than ever and unable to focus, I put away my work and decided to get ready. I figured I should wear what Ashley had bought me, combining it with one of the few short skirts I had saved from college. I applied some more makeup and, twenty minutes later, I was ready. Almost as if it were on cue, the doorbell rang. I didn’t even try to hide my smile as I walked over to open it. Ashley was there, looking great as always.
“Hey,” I greeted her, moving behind the door so she could get in.