Ashley arrived at Alex’s apartment building shortly after noon the next day. She knew Rebecca would stand her best friend up. She seemed to be the only person that knew Rebecca was no good and would break Alex’s heart over and over again. She had to put a stop to it.
“You called me over here like you were in a rush woman!” Ashley said jokingly. “I get here and you’re still in your boxers!? Let’s go woman!”
Alex walked over to the refrigerator and grabbed a yoohoo. She raised another towards Ashley to offer her one. Ashley declined.
“You are the only adult that I know who still drinks Yoohoo.” Ashley laughed out loud. “Listen, the movie starts in an hour. Get ready.”
“I’m ready. I’m ready.” Alex replied as she grabbed her pants and t-shirt off her ottoman and slipped into them both. Alex grabbed her favorite pair of Chuck Taylors and they were out the door.
“You want to car pool?” Ashley asked. “That way we don’t have to worry about finding parking after the movie. You know that restaurant is always packed in the afternoon.”
“Yeah. Let’s take my car.” Alex answered.
Ashley hopped into Alex’s 2011 G37 Coupe and slid her seat back. She loved this car. She often joked to herself that if she were gay, Alex would be the kind of woman she would date. She was financially secure, had a great career and wasn’t too bad to look at. Ashley loved their movie and dinner dates. They weren’t really dates, but with their schedules, it was hard to get time alone with her best friend.
Alex loved being able to spend the time with her best friend as well. The women in her life were so fast. Everything about them, including how much money she spent on them was incredibly superficial. They made Alex feel sure of herself though, so she kept them around.
Ashley was different. She didn’t have to worry about pleasing her. She could be herself and Ashley enjoyed the simple things in life. Going to see a great movie and then sharing a Mexican dish was enough to make her smile. Alex did, love her smile.
Alex and Ashley arrived at the movie theatre and allowed valet to park the car. Ashley ordered her tickets online and printed them at home, so there was no need to wait in line.
“You go get the seats, I’ll grab the snacks.” Alex said to Ashley going in one direction and nudging Ashley in the other.
“May I have two small popcorns and two medium Blueberry slurpees please?” Alex asked, smiling at the woman behind the counter. “Oh and a box of raisinetes please.”
-Busy? Let’s go for a walk on the beach.
Alex looked at her phone and raised her eyebrows. She knew sending Rebecca her favorite chocolates would free up her time a little.
-Hey, I have to be somewhere. Enjoy the movie. I’ll make it up to you. Take the car back to my place and I’ll meet you there.
Ashley looked at her phone in disbelief. Alex had become to her exactly what Rebecca was to Alex….a heart breaker. It hurt worse because she really was a true friend to her. Ashley wiped the tear as it fell from the side of her cheek and sat up as the movie’s opening credits began to roll.