Wednesday 14 September 2011

69 Tales of a Real Life Romance - Chapter 22

Now where was I?

Ah yes. In chapter 21 I'd hoped surmised that Hands and I were in a Relationship because we'd been ticking lots of the 'Things you do in a Relationship' boxes. Things like arguing and having him cook for you. I was just about to tell you about us putting a tick beside 'meeting the parents' when all manner of things got in the way of me blogging. If anyone is still reading then this is what happened.

Meeting the Parents

By 'parents', I mean concierges. And by 'met', I mean, 'encountered'.

His arrival to my apartment had been pain-free. I'd buzzed him in and up he'd come. The concierges probably thought he was just a regular good-looking guy on his way to visit some lucky lady. I knew things would be different on the way out though, when they'd put two and two together (or in this case, one and one) and they'd realise that the fortunate girl was me.

I wondered how on earth I could sneak a 6ft 5 bloke past without them noticing. I contemplated asking Hands to go commando (and crawl along the floor like a soldier, as opposed to not wearing underwear) but realised that was a ridiculous idea. He'd end up filthy and I didn't want people to think I was taking a tramp out for dinner. Instead as we exited the lift, I whispered to Hands that as we walk past the front desk he was to keep looking straight ahead and leave the rest to me.

I thought we were doing quite a good job. We'd both got the nonchalant walk down pat despite having no time to practice. I trilled 'Hi' as we passed so as not to arouse suspicion. We'd almost made it out the door when...

'Er, wait a minute...'


'Where do you think you're going?'

'I'm going out,' I replied, feeling like a teenager.

'But it's a Saturday're not allowed out.'

'Says who?' I replied starting to sound a bit petulant. I was at the risk of being grounded.

'Says you!' they laughed.

They were referring to a comment I'd once made when I'd come home from an evening out and announced that I was too old for Saturday nights and they were only for young people. Young people who don't mind music so loud that you can't hold a conversation. Young people with stamina for lots of queues (the queue to get in, the four people deep queue at the bar to get a drink, the queue for the ladies etc, etc.) Young people who don't feel the cold and therefore don't need to wear jackets.

I then said that if they ever saw me heading out on a Saturday they were to stop me and tell me no.

Obviously I didn't mean it. I'd only said it once. I was a bit tipsy at the time so it really shouldn't count.

It's not like they remember all my drunken chat. They've never mentioned the time pre-Hands that I asked if they'd find me a boyfriend and I insisted the only criteria I had was that he be able to drive and swim. They've never mentioned that. And in actual fact they should have mentioned that. They should have taken me aside for a little word the next morning and said that a nice girl like me could aim a bit higher when searching for a man. Perhaps look for someone that can ride as well.

'We're only going for dinner' I said, as if that would make it better and suddenly they'd forget it was Saturday.

'It's still Saturday night,' they said.

'I won't be late.'

'Ok we'll let you go just this once. Back before midnight though or we'll be locking the doors,' they jested.

At least I think they were joking. I didn't find out because despite having a lovely meal Hands and I were more interested in each other than our surroundings, and decided we'd be as well going back to mine.

'Look I've brought her back before she turned into a pumpkin!' Hands announced to the concierges as we entered the Tower at 11:45.

'Well done lad. You can come again.'

The Doubts Start

My concierges may have approved of Hands, but I was starting to have some concerns. I may have given the impression that everything was going hunky dory with my hunk, but there was an issue. One big issue. I'd tried to ignore it, but when I went to work on the army base during the week it became more and more obvious, and more and more of a problem.

Hands doesn't give good phone.

Our texts were great, our emails were even better and we were fluent in body language but our phone conversations were below par. We just didn't seem to know what to say to each other. I know you could say that it takes two to maketh a conversation and I should shoulder some of the blame for our crap chat, but I've never had this problem with anyone else. I think I'm quite good on the phone. I've certainly had lots of experience over the years. Once I even did it for five hours with an ex. No, it must be all Hands' fault.

During one such chat (for want of a better word) I decided to fill an awkward silence by recounting an incident that I'd had earlier in the day. I told Hands about how when I'd gone to take the radio mic off a soldier we'd been filming, he'd obviously got confused about why I was moving in to his personal space and kissed me. I couldn't stop laughing as I explained how embarrassed I was, and how embarrassed the guy was when he realised the real reason that I'd approached him.

Hands reaction? 'Oh right.'

'That's all he said?' Taggart asked me. I'd made some excuse to Hands to get off the phone and had called her straight away for her opinion.

'Yes,' I said miserably. 'Maybe we just aren't meant to be? Everything else is great but it's just hard work on the phone. And we clearly have a different sense of humour. He didn't even find that story slightly funny.'

'I thought it was hilarious!' Taggart said. She had. She'd been practically wetting herself when I told her. Unfortunately it wasn't Taggart that I wanted to bump uglies with.

The next day I had an email from Hands.

Sometimes I find your Scottish accent really difficult to understand, particularly when you are laughing. I have no idea what that story was you were trying to tell me last night! We obviously need to spend more time together to practice so I thought we could go away this weekend. I've already booked us in to a hotel. You just need to say yes!

What on earth had I been worried about? Talking on the phone is overrated anyway right?

Yes, Hands! Yes! Yes! Yes!


Anonymous said...

Welcome back..!! I was just about to give up.

Brave of you to tell Hands about the kiss with the soldier, mistaken or not. In some early stage relationships, that would be a deal breaker, for sure.

I seriously doubt he had any trouble with understanding your accent, but the "incident" at least got you a surprise weekend away with him.

And please, I'm begging you, don't make us wait for months to find out what happens next..!!!

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little said...

big is the same way on the phone. i'll be laughing about something then get silence back. but when we're together we laugh until we cry. guess it's about cutting your losses.

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Sophie said...

Am I allowed to take some credit in the fact you are back? Oh...ok then! lol Welcome back my lovely!

I think about the little things too and you both sharing the same sense of humor is very important. I think I would have thought the same. That email he sent you made my heart melt a little, you have a great guy there and that is the sweetest thought EVER!
I am glad you said yes and I hope you said yes, yes, YES later too hehe!


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You are so right Anonymous. Everyone understands me just fine. When I'm in Scotland they do anyway!

That's very flattering to hear Ipenka. It is a nice world to be in. Realised how much I've missed it over the last couple of months!

Thanks little! Glad to know it's not just me!

You can Soph! And thanks for my award and double thanks for it not being an award for the longest time between posts!
(I recommend my readers have a look at Soph's blog. Tis fabulous and she actually posts!)

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still laughing actually! xx

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This may be the only time this happens but I'm gonna have to side with Hands on this one. The boyfriend has spent half his life in England and loves British films. The only problem? The accent. Twenty minutes into the movie I've probably asked him 20 times, what? What did they say? He gives up and turns the subtitles on. So that, my dear is the key to your phone stress. Try skyping with subtitles. Not brilliant but it's all I've got.

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No problem lovely, you deserve it! Arh big thank you! : ) x

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Yay! You're back! I'd almost given up hope. I'm wondering how far behind are we with the real life romance, in real life?!

Can't wait to hear about the hotel and what happens next!

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Welcome back. You're not from Glasgow are you? If so, I'm fully with Hands... I can't understand a word of that one :D

So...? What next...??

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