Elodie’s Has Dinner with Sage

Elodie’s Has Dinner with Sage

Elodie was looking forward to her friend, Merida’s wedding on the  Ibiza, Spain. It would be nice to get away for a bit from the cold Spring weather in London and to soak up the sun, spend time on the beach and in the water. It had been a long time since she had been on a trip. She was really looking forward to this one. She had packed a couple of days ago. The flight was early tomorrow morning.

She was one of the bridesmaids. It was the first time for her. She didn’t have to worry about her dress. Merida had gotten the bridal shop to pack her wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses in bridal boxes which would fit exactly with the carry-on baggage size specifications of the airline that they were going to be flying on.

Merida was going to leave on Friday morning and the bridesmaids and the wedding party were going to leave on Friday evening. The wedding was on Sunday. Sage, Merida’s younger brother who was giving her away and the best man was going to be with the wedding party. Sage. Why did her heart always skip a beat whenever she thought about him? He was younger than her, for Pete’s sake and he had a girlfriend, Alyssa who was also going to be at the wedding. She met Alyssa once and there was hostility. It was obvious that Alyssa resented Elodie’s friendship with Sage.

Merida didn’t particularly like Alyssa either. “She’s too jealous and possessive of Sage,” she once told Elodie. “She’s jealous of any woman he’s friendly with.”

“Why doesn’t he dump her then?” Elodie had wondered.

“I don’t know. I think he should, though.”

“I hope he does and very soon.”

“Maybe he will when he meets the right woman.”

That conversation was a year and a half ago. Nothing had changed. Sage and Alyssa were still dating. Clearly, he hadn’t met the right woman as yet.

Elodie glanced at her watch. She was at the restaurant waiting for Merida and Sage to join her. Alyssa couldn’t join them because she was out of town on business. Elodie was very relieved. She didn’t think she could stomach an evening with her.

It was five minutes to seven when to her surprise, only Sage showed up. He walked over to the table and as he removed his jacket, he greeted her first and then, explained, “When I went to pick up Merida to bring her here, Juliano showed up with takeout Thai food.”

“And she decided that she would rather stay home and have Thai takeout with Juliano.”

“Yes. I hope you don’t mind having dinner alone with me.”

“No, I don’t mind at all. I’ll go and let the woman at the front know so that she could give us another table.”

“I can do that,” he said and excused himself. He was back in a couple of minutes to tell her that they had another table which was by the window. Elodie grabbed her jacket and handbag and followed him to the table for two.

“So, how have you been?” Elodie asked him when they were sitting down.

“Busy as usual. How about you?”

“Busy as usual and that’s why I’m looking forward to the break.”

“Me too. I’m looking forward to being in Ibiza. Have you ever been there?”

“No. I’ve never been to Spain.”

“I’ve been to Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. Juliano is from Ibiza, that’s why we’re having the wedding there.”

“I wonder what the temperature in Ibiza is like in April.”

“I heard that it’s mild. There might be some rain but not enough to ruin our plans. There’s lot of sunshine to enjoy–about ten hours a day.”

“Sounds good to me. I have packed a couple of swimsuits and sunscreen because I plan to spend a lot of time on the beach, soaking up the sun, sand and water.”

He smiled. “Yes, two weeks of fun in the sun.”

The waitress came to find out if they were ready to order. “I’m not ready to order right now. Are you?” Elodie asked Sage.

He shook his head. “No. I haven’t had a chance to look at the menu.”

“Would you like to order your drinks now or when I come back?” the waitress asked, her gaze lingering on Sage.

“I guess we can order our drinks now,” he said, looking at Elodie.

“I’ll have Cranberry juice.”

“And I’ll have an Iced Tea,” Sage said.

“I’ll be right back with your drinks.”

“I think you have an admirer,” Elodie said when they were alone.

“Who?”

“The waitress.”

“Oh. I was hoping that you were talking about yourself.”

“I am an admirer too although I shouldn’t be.”

“You mean because of Alyssa.”

“Yes. She would have a fit now if she were to see us now.”

“She doesn’t have anything to worry about as long as you and I don’t end up at your flat or mine after we leave here.”

Was he flirting with her? The way he was looking at her…Her heart began to beat faster. “What are you saying to me, Sage?”

“I’m saying that being alone at your flat or mine wouldn’t be a good idea because something can happen between us.”

“And we won’t want to cause any trouble between Alyssa and you, would we?” She opened the menu and looked at it, aware of his eyes on her. “The Stinking Bishop Soufflé looks interesting. I think I’ll have that and the Chicken Kyiv.”

“And I’ll have the Truffle, Potato and Mushroom Vareniki and the Salmon En Croute with Champagne Sauce.”

When the waitress returned with their drinks, they gave her their orders. She took Elodie’s menu first and then, Sage’s, smiling at him as she did so.

“That girl’s got a lot of nerve,” Elodie remarked. “For all she knows, I could be your girlfriend but that doesn’t stop her from making eyes at you.”

“I can fix that.”

Elodie wondered how he was going to do that. Was he going to tell her that he had a girlfriend? If Alyssa were there, she would have let the waitress know very clearly that Sage was her man and probably go as far as telling her to stop making eyes at him or else she would have a word with the manager.

They chatted about the wedding. Then, the waitress returned and after she set the starters in front of them, to Elodie’s surprise, Sage reached out and held her hand, lacing his fingers through hers. The gesture was meant to be a romantic one and to give the impression that they were a couple. It worked. The smile on the waitress’s face disappeared and she hurried off.

After she was gone, Sage didn’t release Elodie’s hand right away. “So, that’s what you meant when you said you were going to fix it,” Elodie said, wishing she didn’t sound breathless but his fingers entwined with hers was doing all sorts of crazy things to her and he was staring at her.

“Yes,” he replied, withdrawing his hand. “It worked.”

“Yes, it did.” Elodie felt a little sorry for the waitress. “She’s very pretty.”

“Yes, she is but I’m not attracted to her.” I’m attracted to you.

“How long have you and Alyssa been dating?”

“About two years now.”

“How did you two meet?”

“We met at my co-worker Jason’s barbecue party in July 2022.”

“Is she excited about going to Ibiza?”

“Yes. Like you, she wants to spend a lot of time on the beach as well as go sightseeing.”

“Is this the first trip you two have taken together?”

“No. It’s our second. The first trip was to Sintra, Portugal last year May. From there, we took a day trip to Lisbon.”

“Why did you go in May?”

“Spring is the best time to visit Portugal. During the summer, it gets too hot and too crowded.”

“Did you two have a good time?”

“Yes, we did. Are you going to the wedding alone or with a date?”

“Alone.”

“Alone. So, does this mean that you don’t have a man in your life?”

“Yes. The last man in my life was Terrance. We broke up three years ago.”

“Why did you break up?”

“I didn’t love him.”

“Oh.” There was a moment of silence and then, he said quietly. “I don’t love Alyssa either.”

“Why are you still dating her then?”

He shrugged. “I don’t know.”

“Are you hoping that you will grow to love her?”

“I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

“Are you afraid to break up with her because you don’t want to hurt her?”

“I guess so.”

“It will hurt less if you broke up with her sooner rather than later. Unless…”

Just then, the waitress returned with the main courses. She took up the empty plates and went away. Her manner towards Sage was strictly businesslike now. “Unless what?” Sage asked as soon as they were alone.

“Well, it’s something Merida said.”

“What did she say?”

“She said that maybe you will break up with Alyssa when you meet the right woman.”

“Merida said that?”

“Yes, but I guess you haven’t met the right woman because you’re still dating Alyssa.”

“Is that what you think?”

“Yes. If you’d met the right woman, you would be dating her now instead of Alyssa.”

“What if I’m still with Alyssa because as you rightly guessed, I don’t want to hurt her?”

“I didn’t want to hurt Terrance either but I couldn’t continue dating him when I knew that I could never love him the same way he loved me. He was hurt, of course, but in time, he got over it and now he’s engaged. Alyssa will be hurt but in time, she will get over it and move on. Don’t wait too long to do what you need to do.”

“All right. I’ll do it after the wedding.”

Elodie wanted to tell him that he should do it before the wedding but held her tongue. It was his decision to make. She changed the subject and they talked about different things. For dessert, she had the Strawberries and Cream Soufflé and he had the Chocolate Caviar. After dinner, he took her for a drive to Chinatown with its Bright lanterns and decorations. After that, they went to the Sherlock Holmes themed pub just off Trafalgar Square where they both had a Panoma.

It was five minutes after eleven when he took her home. He parked the car and walked her to the entrance of the building. “Thank you for a wonderful evening,” she said.

“You’re welcome.”

“I guess the next time we see each other, it will be on Friday evening at Gatwick.”

“Yes.”

“I wish I didn’t have to go to work tomorrow.”

“Me too.”

“Well, have a good night and I’ll see you on Friday.”

“You too.”

“Good night, Sage.”

“Good night, Elodie.” He stood there watching her for a moment and then, he asked, “How about a hug?”

She nodded and went up to him. They hugged. If felt really good to be in his arms and she loved the feel of his firm body against hers. The hug lasted for a while and then, they separated. She waited until he got into his car and drove off before she went inside the building and up the lift to her flat.

Sources: Wedinspire; Alternative Airlines; Ibiza Villas 2000; European Best Destinations; Audley Travel; Portugal Online; Golden Tours