Any time one starts drinking before noon, the time-space continuum goes into an odd state of expedited flux. The passage of hours starts normally but the intermittent seconds composing that passage of time become increasingly shortened with each new round of spirits ordered and imbibed.
The level of flirtation between me and Shelly was also increasing in direct proportion to the volume of our conversation, which was being amplified by the string of whiskey and vodka drinks making their way to our table. Our laughter was increasing in occurrence and decibel. It’s amazing how amusing booze can make the world sparkle. Shelly then left her seat to put her long, sexy body next to mine on the bench seat against the window. Our thighs were touching and we had begun the play of hands emphasizing points on hands and arms, with each emphasis lingering a little longer. We were two magnets, being pulled into one another at a snail’s pace by a force we were unable to contest.
I could see a wayward glance from other patrons who were either eavesdropping on our conversation that fluctuated between the conspiratorial whispers of two people bound to become lovers and the full-frontal flirtatious laughing of two people enjoying the afternoon. I was leaning into Shelly’s ear, telling her about the time Ike brought hookers into my house, when two things occurred. The first was a lone man was seated next to us and the second was the phone in my bag that was sitting between us and the newly seated man began to ring.
Normally, I shy away from ostentation but on a rare occasion something pimpalicious catches my eye and I add it to my personal quiver. My phone is just such a thing. I have a gold handset – a YUBZ gold handset that attaches to my mobile. It is by far the most pimp thing I own. When I reached into my bag to retrieve my phone and pulled out the handset, Shelly began snorting with laughter and immediately cupped her hand over her mouth. Her snort however, was heard round the bar.
Her snort made me laugh as well and in the midst of my laughter I didn’t even check to see who was calling me. I just answered it to find Ike on the other end.
“Yo, sport, where you at?”
“Oh – hey Ike. I’m just out writing.”
I looked over at Shelly and raised one eyebrow to which she responded by making an astonished face of her own.
“It sounds kind of loud for writing, sport. You in a bar?”
“Yeah, Ike, I’m at a bar and I’m with a beautiful young lady who I need to get back to immediately.”
“Right, where are you guys? I’ll join you”
“Not going to happen buddy – entertain yourself.”
There was a pregnant silence on the other end.
“Fine, sport, be a dick. I am just going to head to Easy Street for their bloody mary bar. See ya later.”
Before I could interject he had hung up the phone. I thought about calling him back immediately and telling him not to come here but that would have only made his resolution to come here all the firmer. At least by not letting him know we were here, he might end up changing his mind.
I was staring at the screen on my phone mindlessly when Shelly asked me if everything was okay. I smiled and told her it was fine but that we might have company at some point.
Then the guy next to me asked if he could see my phone. I looked at him for the first time and realized it was Lenny Kravitz.
I immediately said sure and I disconnected the handset from the phone and went to hand him my iPhone but he stopped me.
“No, brother, I mean the handset.”
I laughed and handed over my pimpalicious gold handset.
“Where did you get this?”
“I ordered it online from YUBZ.”
Lenny looked at up at me,”From where?”
“It’s called YUBZ – like Why you busy – but it Y, U, B, Z.”
“Oh. Very cool, man, very cool.”
He then handed me my phone back and thanked me. I smiled at him and put it away. When I looked back toward Shelly, she kissed me softly on the lips. She was a fantastic kisser with lips that felt like they melted into mine.
I had just sort of met Lenny Kravitz and then made out with a beautiful woman so I really wasn’t upset when Ike came walking up to our table.