Strangers in a Restaurant Finale

I sat there trying to slow down the beat of my heart due to what I just heard. I couldn’t believe this whole time it wasn’t him on Facebook but that girl, Caterina. I didn’t know if I wanted to be angry or grateful to her. I mean I could’ve been both, but I chose to be grateful to her. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be reconnecting with my best friend that night.

“She’s the reason why we’re here?” I asked.

“Yep, the only reason why I came. Because she told me I needed to make sure that the feelings I had for you are gone,” he replied.

I sat there fighting back tears, hoping not one escapes my face. It had been an emotional night for the both of us and I didn’t want to lose it. And I didn’t want him to feel bad for not loving me anymore. Especially after everything I put him through. I learned that I wasn’t always the greatest friend in the world. But he was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. And I ruined it.

“But she was right though,” said Wade.

“About?” I questioned nervously.

“I still love you, even after being apart for so long. My love for you never went away,” he answered.

I put my hand over my mouth as a tear escaped my eye. I caught the tear midway and quickly wiped it away from existence.

“You know after all these years I still hate seeing you cry,” said Wade.

I laughed a little knowing what he meant by that. “I’m sorry about what Charles did. If I would’ve known, I would’ve …”

Wade raised his hand cutting me off mid sentence. “It’s not your fault. I should’ve figured you would never do that to me. I guess I let my emotions get the best of me. I should’ve called you that day, just to clarify it. But I didn’t and because of it, I went down a dark path. A path that I don’t want to take again.”

“But if you haven’t, you would’ve never met Caterina. And she wouldn’t be able to give us this moment,” I said.

“Yeah, you’re right about that. I guess I do owe her one,” said Wade.

“I agree,” I stated.

Melissa returned to our table and noticed something different about us. “Is everything okay over here?”

“Yes, everything is fine. Actually, can we get the check please?” I asked.

“Sure, be right back,” replied Melissa.

Melissa walked away to go grab our check, and I looked back at Wade as he finished his drink. “I thought you were sober?” I asked thinking about his story.

“Being sober doesn’t mean I have to stop drinking completely,” he replied.

“I think that’s what it means, silly,” I said.

“Well not to me it doesn’t,” he stated.

We both laughed loud enough that some of the people in the restaurant looked at us for a second. “Hey, can we start over?” I asked.

“No,” replied Wade.

“Why not? I thought we were starting over?” I questioned.

“let’s not start over. But instead just move on. Let us see how things go from here,” said Wade.

“Well since we’re moving forward. Let me pay for your drink this time. And you can pay for mines next time.” I said.

“Sounds like a plane. But I need to go. I guess I need to tell Caterina what happened tonight. But I’ll be seeing you around Lisa.”

“Tell your friend, Caterina, I said thank you for catfishing me,” I joked.

Wade smiled at me and walked towards the front of the restaurant until he disappeared through the doors. Melissa approached me with the check and sat it on the table. “So, that’s the guy you’ve been telling me about for the past six months,” said Melissa.

“Yep, that’s him,” I said.

“Well, I’m glad you guys were able to reconnect. So, tell me when’s the wedding?” asked Melissa.

“Woah, slow down. We just decided to be friends for now,” I answered.

“You’re telling me that you were talking about this man for six months and you agreed to be just friends. Wow, you never cease to amaze me,” said Melissa.

“I know, but I want to take this one slow. Love is like time, it’s infinite. No need to rush it,” I stated.

“You’re right, but I’m happy for you. Same time next week?” asked Melissa.

“You bet. But enjoy the rest of your week. I’m going home to think about tonight,” I said.

“I always do, I have another regular that just got stood up for his date with his girlfriend for the ninth time. So, I’m going to be dealing with that tonight as well. Lucky me,” said Melissa.

“Poor guy, well, he’s lucky to have a girl like you as his waiter,” I said. Melissa smiled and walked away as I gave her the money for our drinks. I grabbed my things and walked out of the restaurant and to my car.

I stopped halfway to my car and looked back at the restaurant reflecting on what just transpired in there with Wade. I could hardly believe that I got my best friend back in just one night. It almost seems miraculous that it happened. But I knew better at the time. I knew that it would take some time, and a little bit of work to regain the bond and trust we once had. But that’s a story for someone else to tell.

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