Thursday, 2 August 2012

Not everything has to mean something (but now and then, it'd be nice if it did)

"That can't be it."
"It is it. Look."

People were standing outside the front door when we arrived, and we all entered the house together. Our worries about being too early were unfounded; it was before midnight and yet already what seemed like hundreds of people in various states of fancy and un-dress filled every space. 

Blue lights replaced normal bulbs, music pounded through each doorway; no room bore any trace of its normal domestic function. The kitchen a dj booth, the living room and what were probably bedrooms home to dance floors that rivalled any club, with a beautiful, packed, friendly crowd and electric capacity to match. 

Our blue off-licence carrier bags remained slung over our wrists all night as we squeezed into a room and joined the throng, making fleeting friends with whoever ended up next to us, before eventually heading off to the terrace to cool down. 

He was talking to some friends, and had a prop that caught my eye. We soon got chatting. 

Drunk, laughing, swapping drinks and getting along well, he came along when my friends and his relocated to the dance floor below. A hand on my back as we talked, arms wrapped around my waist; my friends long dispersed, his prop and my drink discarded.

It was getting light some hours later when an announcement about the police replaced the music on the speakers.

"Well, looks like it's time to go home" he said.
"Yeah." I replied, holding my tail as we walked hand in hand down the stairs.

And with that, a lion and a zebra stole off into the dawn; together for a night, and -  it turned out, as days passed without a word - no longer than that. 

But sometimes, that's just how it's meant to be. 

14 comments:

Ellie said...

Or not. You never know how long these things incubate. :-)

Anonymous said...

I like this, and not just this, I like most of what you write. It makes a refreshing change from a lot of what people share on the web these days; funny things, stories that subtly celebrate the narrator's achievements, intellects or interestingness.

What you provide here is rarer. It's an insight into what life is like. Shame there's not more of that around.

Katie Khan / Awkward Situations For Girls said...

Blimey!

Mealie said...

Hmm. Now imagine that tryst extended for a while...
Which is what I'm having to deal with right now.
No, I would say quite often things don't really mean anything. People are horrendous on the whole.

But there will be something that *does* mean something. Eventually. And it will be f*cking awesome.

X

Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Ellie - in situations like this, I find it pays to be pessemistic, then you can only be pleasantly surprised.

Anonymous - I think that is one of the nicest comments I've ever received on this blog. Thank you. Honestly. It made me feel all warm and nice and I'm glad you enjoy reading my blog for those reasons. It's what I'm aiming for.

Katie - Cor blimey guvna!

Mealie - ack, poor you :( its easy to forget that while you might think you know someone after spending a few hours with them, or more, you don't really. They have a whole life you don't know about. But everything happens for a reason.

Robbie said...

Please tell me he was the zebra!

sinead said...

Totally agree with the anonymous comment about insights into real life - that's what's special about your blog.

This post reminds me of one of my housemates at uni met her boyfriend or several years - he was a lion and she was a zebra at a club night and he pretended to catch and eat her! Romance in the early noughties.

Amy said...

All of your posts are good, but this one is brilliant. Beautiful, in fact.

ActuarialChris said...

As others have said, this kind of post is exactly why I read your blog :-)

Blonde said...

Cracker of a post. It's the moments like this that you remember forever. x

London-Lass said...

Woo hoo .. get in there ...

London-Lass said...

Woo hoo - get in there ...

Ella Ivey said...

I absolutely love this post!

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thechickenshop said...

I guess a lion and a zebra was never going to last all that long...
Lovely to see things moving the right way though!

 

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