Love Letters(6)

By: Geraldine Solon

“Wake up, sleepyhead. I thought we were going cake shopping today.” Despite the fog outside, Nicole was dressed in super skinny jeans, a black lacey top and a glimmering set of four-inch high heels.

Chloe groaned. “Is it ten o’ clock already? After Richard left, I stayed up late watching The Notebook.”

Nicole shook her head. “Again? How many times have you watched that movie?”

Chloe laughed and gestured Nicole inside. “More than a hundred times. You know I’m a sucker for a good romance.”

“Yeah, yeah, it’s too cheesy for me.”

“Why are you so cynical?” Chloe said, as she traipsed to the bedroom and pulled clothes from her closet.

“I’m a realist.”

“Let me get cleaned up.” Nicole sat on the bed while Chloe hurried through her shower.

“I thought all women want to marry their true love,” Chloe called through the closed door.

“Everybody minus me,” Nicole said.

“What’s the matter with you, girl? Are you and Matt having problems?” Chloe asked, as she turned off the water and toweled off.

“No, but we’ve been together like forever. Why get so excited?” she said, speaking loudly so Chloe could hear her. “I told him, if we do get married we’re flying to Vegas.”

“Nicole, what you need is to spice up your life. How about you two take a vacation or go to some spa. That should add some excitement to your life.”

“Hey, enough about me, this is your day. Hurry up so we can go plan your wedding,” Nicole said.

Chloe tied her hair back and put on some comfy jeans, a pull-over jacket and sneakers then came out of the bathroom ready to go. She hardly ever wore any makeup or jewelry. “You’re never going to believe who I bumped into yesterday.”

“Who?” Nicole asked, raising her eyebrows.

Chloe told Nicole how she accidentally – literally – bumped into Josh.

“Josh Goldman, your first love?”

“You remember him?” Chloe asked, surprised.

Nicole laughed. “How could I forget? You used to talk about him every day, especially that day you guys kissed.”

Chloe looked outside the window. “That was my first and last kiss with him.”

“You were never the same after he left. You cried yourself to sleep, hoping one day he’d return for you.”

“He promised me he would come back and marry me someday.” She stuffed her clothes into her hamper. “Wait, you don’t think he came ba –”

“Oh, Chloe! Get real.” Nicole threw up her hands. “Wake up. That was thirteen years ago. You were eleven, for heaven’s sake.”

Chloe fell silent. Of course Nicole was right, but what if …?

“Tell me how he looks. Does he still have the same heartthrob boyish face?” Nicole asked, despite all her bluster.

He hasn’t changed. Take that back, he’s amazing. “He looks pretty much the same except he’s much taller now with long hair.”

“I bet he’s gorgeous, and you’re just afraid to tell me.”

Chloe didn’t answer.

“So what did he say?” Nicole asked, looking at herself from side to side in the mirror.

“He manages the surf shop at the end of Main Street. His brother is competing in the Maverick competition this March. You remember Phil, don’t you?”

“Phil Goldman? You mean he’s the one competing? I’d heard the name, but never put the two together,” Nicole said.

“I said the same thing. Phil and Josh opened Surfing Buddies last week.”

“Wait ‘til I tell Matt that Josh is back. He’ll be happy to see Josh. He was Matt’s best friend growing up.”

Chloe thought for a moment. She had dated Josh the same time that Nicole had started dating Matt. Nicole and Matt had dated for thirteen years, and they seemed very happy. After Josh left, Chloe had one boyfriend named Adam, which lasted two months. She had dated somebody when she was in college, but that hadn’t lasted. Then two years ago she had met Richard, the only serious boyfriend after Josh.

Nicole grabbed her purse then they left.

Chloe was running late. “Who’s driving?”