The Lazy Lion
Keira is an average woman as many has described her at first glance. She is in her early thirties, but in many aspects she’s still a child. Day dreams in vibrant colors and creates comedic cartoons of the tedious meetings from her job. Notes on the new policies, what were the losses and what loans are getting approved for the fiscal year… it pays well, yet it is boring. She distracts her mind from the responsibilities of her position and silently wishes for love to find her.
One evening, she confesses to her cousin during a phone call, “I am a lazy lion when it comes to find love in my life.” Hence, she’s been single for the last seven years. There are nights it bothers hers, then again it does not. Contradictory, right?
There is an unfortunate answer to Keira’s distaste to an adult relationship. Mainly because at an early age, Keira have seen divorces and family members unfaithfulness. It did not make her skeptical of love, yet it made her unsure if romanticism was an honest feeling.
As for her lifestyle is simple: eat, sleep, work, cleanup and sleep again. On her days off, she likes to eat a crepe at the nearby bistro: Victor’s France. She is friendly with two male waiters: Milo and Eric. Secretly, she likes Milo. They have shared many conversations because the bistro slowest hours are between 7am to 9am and those have been moments they can speak a little bit of everything. They’ve gone as far as exchanging phone numbers. This was a small victory for the shy Keira. Months later, this small victory vanishes. Milo is still the kind waiter, not Keira’s close friend. She sees the possibility of a future like a dying rose.
Now, on the other side of this story it has another person involved… Eric. He has been a silent observant as long as he can remember her presence in the bistro.
Although Milo has not been romantically involved with Keira; he does get jealous when Eric takes her order and they have a brief chat. He likes her attention, yet has not asked her out. Yes, you are probably thinking the same thing…why the jealousy, Milo? Isn’t she just a sweet customer? Here we have Eric that wants more than just a brief exchange of words. Little by little, he has been curious of the crepe girl (that’s what she usually orders).
It’s now or never, he makes a bold move on a Tuesday morning. He brings her order at the lonely patio of the bistro and asks her out.
She is shocked by this question and looks at Milo hoping he would say something or do something. And Milo with a blank stare listens to the proposal…he remains silent after her reply. Days later, Keira and Eric meets after work.
While walking near Gramercy park, Eric and Keira have been chatting from politics to the latest box office flop. Suddenly, he directly says, “You like Milo. I do wonder…Why are you here with me?” Keira replies honestly, “If you knew that, why did you ask me out? I consider this as going out with a new friend. You never asked me on a date. You asked if I wanted to go to Gramercy park with you after work. We really don’t know each other. By saying yes, I may be opening to a door of something exciting. Either a great friendship or something more. Neither of us can predict that on one night walking around the park. Now, I ask you why did you ask me out knowing that I liked Milo and not you?”
They continue to walk in silence and Eric stops walking to answer, “Because I want to know more about you than brief answers. But, you made a good point, we don’t know much about each other to begin a relationship. I think you are worth the wait. I know this might be insane, yet I feel I want someone like you in my life. If Milo can’t see it, I can.”
Keira surprised by his words says, “You are very sweet…still, how do you know I am worth all this trouble? What if I am a jerk? or crazy?” Eric smiles at her, “You’re honest. You are here with me without forcing yourself into my arms. You are not desperate as someone may assume, you want to meet me first, do you want to know more about me?”
She grabs his hand, “Let’s see how this goes. Whatever the outcome, I predict you might be a great friend. Can we remain friends if …” He interrupts, “Yes… I know how to lose.” Keira replies, “I’ve lost many times and grew wiser which that is the greatest victory. Okay, I had no intention to sound that deep.” They laugh and they continue to walk near the gate of the park.
Keira asks, “Why did you want to come to Gramercy park anyway? Is there a special memory attached to it?” Eric stops by the gate mimicking a key in his hand, “Because I want to know what does it take to have a key of this place?; it’s like a secret garden. Only the lucky ones owns the key I guess…(laughs) or the very wealthy.” Keira touches the gate, “Maybe one day. You never know.”
Closing Your Eyes
Time continues to move rapidly. Keira likes Eric’s companion and he is starting to know her better. He learns that she is not fond of darkness or working late at the firm. As for Keira, she notices that he has two tattoos in his arms. Makes her want to know what is the meaning behind it and goes to sleep with this thought in mind.
They continue to go out after work, they actually enjoy this change of pace. It is an interesting way to move away from old habits. He realizes that his smoking addiction was born out of boredom; now that he is spending time with her, Eric does not feel the need to smoke. He flushes down the toilet his last pack of cigars. Meanwhile, Keira looks at her agenda and enjoys to find what new plans she has with Eric. They always do something interesting.
One evening, he invited her to taste a $4.50 mousse tart slice he heard of recently. A bit lost at first, they land at Eileen’s Special Cheesecake. For some this is not an interesting detail; however, they shared the same enthusiasm and found out that moments like this was more like an adventure. Besides $4.50 for a slice of mousse tart? That’s amazing!
Slowly, they are moving away from the crush phase that everyone goes through. Neither of them have realized this fact because genuinely they are enjoying each others company. Now he is seeing her in a different light. He worries if she is leaving work at late hours, what if she gets mugged while riding the midnight train? He feels uneasy and texts her. Keira sees his text while opening the door of her apartment.
Eric: Are you home yet?
Keira: Yeah, I just arrived. Why?
Eric: I know you don’t like working late hours.
Keira: True. Thanks for asking. But, you shouldn’t worry. I am used to it.
Eric: I’m glad you are home. Sorry to text you this late. Good night.
Keira: No bother at all! Thanks for your concern, good night.
Keira gets ready to sleep and looks at the last text. She goes to sleep with a smile.
It is Spring again and Eric wonders if Keira has feelings for him outside of the friend zone. He ponders if this is how she felt when Milo did not respond to her feelings. He looks at his phone and thinks if she’s home safe and sound. Eric goes to sleep with this concern floating in his mind once again.
They continue on their adventures. But, Eric feels unsure if going on with these adventures are making him insecure about the future. What if she never makes up her mind?
Six months later…
It is a hot night and Keira can’t sleep. She walks in circles, drinks milk to try to sleep and nothing happens. Keira knows why she’s restless and does not want to admit it alone.
It is 3 a.m. by now, Keira calls Eric.
Keira: Are you awake?
Eric: Yes, why?
Keira: Ummm… Do you want to meet me at the park tonight?
Eric: Sure, but why? It’s late.
Keira: I know. I know, sorry, but do you want to come or not?
Keira: I’ll meet you by the gate.
Eric arrives somewhat confused, yet with a bright smile. Keira holds out an old key and nervously opens the gate. “Listen carefully, this key belonged to my great-grandfather. He was a gardener… this was the best legacy he could possibly leave behind…before leaving my great-grandmother for a younger woman. It’s funny that he wanted to give this key to his mistress, but my great-grandmother discovered this plan and kicked him out and kept the key. Still, he loved working for this garden even though he was a jerk to my great-grandmother. Come on Eric, let’s sit here…Do you have any idea why I asked you to come here at this time?”
Eric’s heart starts to beat louder than a drum, “No – not-not really.” Keira lifts her phone, it’s almost 5 a.m. You know, I hate darkness, yet I want for you to look at this… isn’t it breathtaking.” Eric is amazed by the sunrise. He looks at her, “It is amazing. It’s beautiful.” Keira caresses his face, “I hope this is not too late…” and gently kisses him. Eric smiles back, “I knew you were worth the trouble.”
Keira asks, “How did you know?”
Eric smiles again, “I just knew. I’ve seen your drawings. You thought no one noticed your drawings, but you always drew even working on a project while sitting at the bistro. That’s what drew me to you. I felt curious about you and why you always draw. Call me a creep, but you also wrote poetry on some of those drawings…I found a few in the trash. That’s when I knew you were special and now that I know you better…I am glad you wanted to meet me as a friend first.”
Keira hands him a piece of paper, “I drew you during one of the boring meetings. I’ve never drawn anyone outside of the workplace. That’s when I knew. Friends don’t just doodle a friend without a reason. You gave me a reason. I wanted to see you. Just like right now.
Eric, “May I keep this? Because I really like it.”
Keira, “Sure, but we must leave now. Run!”
Eric is startled by this instruction, he obeys. “The gardener of the park does not know I have this key and we can be kicked out. Let’s go. Run!” Keira whispers quite loudly.
They run while holding their hands. Once far away from the park, Eric asks, “How come you did not tell me you had a key?” She happily says, “Because I wanted to know if you were worth the trouble.”
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