That’s…[licks her lips] I worry about that too. I guess that’s where the work comes in. And if both are willing to put it in the work, then maybe there isn’t a need to worry? [sighs] maybe that wasn’t very helpful, or even sensible.
[shakes] No, no. That definitely made sense. But.. wait… did something happen between you and Artie? Because you seem to be talking from the same place I am.
[sucks his stomach in and pouts] Yeah, you should take some home with you for sure. As always, there’s too much, so don’t worry about missing out on anything. Oh yeah? Fern troubles?
Oh don’t be that way. You’re chubby like… [searches for the words] like.. Michael Jackson is a terrible singer. Its not true. Nah, its not the fern exactly. Its more like, I’m tired of the fern. I’m tired of classifying the same damn thing, day in and day out. Its like.. when I graduated from college, I didn’t think I’d end up behind a desk, helping someone else make a discovery, you know?
Are you calling me fat, Joe. [lifts up his shirt to pat his abs] I’ll be fat soon after all them cupcakes though, you right. Plus Ari got me cupcakes yesterday. And there’s cake. And another cake. Ugh. [laughs] So how have you been? Quick, tell me before I pass out.
Hmm.. I can see a little bit of chub, Izington. [smiles] And I still have yet to try any of it. I better grab some before its all gone. Uh.. I’m alright. Taking a break from work because I felt like I was going crazy.
Time’s a healer. That’s what I’ve gotten from everyone I’ve talked to in some form or another so..I’m trying to remember that. [frowns a bit] maybe it’s what you need too?
[nods] Yeah, I’ve been hearing that too. But its not the waiting that gets me. I can wait forever. But its the uncertainty, I guess? Not exactly sure what’s to come next?
[nods] Yes, you.
[scratches the back of his neck] I don’t even know where to start. But I hope so too.
[shakes his head in disbelief one more time] I’m good. I’ll be out 20 seconds after Q is. I swear I’m gonna beat him tonight. I’m too old for this shit.
[laughs] Think of it as your way of burning off all those cupcakes.
I’m alright, dear. Kind of spaced out, I think but I’m good.
What’s got you so spacey.. if I may ask?
I do hope you’ll really be okay soon, Joe.
[turns to face her] Me?
…Seriously? [looks around in shock] He’s just a natural. I don’t even know what else to say.
[nods as he takes a sip of more punch] That’s alright. There’s really no other way to describe it. So how are you, Iz? You ready to crash from the sugar rush?
Yeah. Who you telling? [Smiles softly] looks like we both need a drink or 9…hehe
Oh.. I don’t think drinking will help in this case, but I’ll definitely accompany you though [smiles]
[looks around and then looks down at herself] I feel like I might’ve dressed wrong…other than that, I have cake! So I guess that sorta kinda makes up for my fashion faux pas.
[furrows his brow] Nah, you look fine. Maybe a little less colorful than everyone but you could say you’re a new brand of hipster or something.
[tucks her lips in again] I’m actually really grateful for your optimism. It’s a ball of hope I can often appreciate.
Well I’m glad I could be helpful.