August 23th, 1990
Spent the morning on the balcony with Millie and Dolly, gorging on tea and toast, recounting; “Tales from the Amazon,” which kept us laughing until the temperature spiked, forcing us inside, where the air conditioning was broken, which led us to the beach!
Floating in the water, I couldn’t help but think of David and how much I miss him. I’ve already sent him two postcards and a mega letter but I wish we could talk. He’s in Tokyo and I know where he’s staying but with a mortgage to pay, there’s no way I can afford or justify the cost of even a short chat.
Tonight, the hotel disco was the place to be, teeming with all sorts, including the Alitalia crew who arrived a few hours prior. Every one of them was stunning looking (average weight seven stone!) dressed to the nines, looking as if they just stepped off the catwalk (some of them acted as though were still on it!)
I got chatted up by an amazing dancer, dressed in a Prada suit (I clocked the label when he opened his jacket on the dance floor, oh, imagine the moves!) Unfortunately, he was deeply in love with himself but still managed to tell me his name is Massimo and that he liked my “style.” I ignored most of his subsequent questions and comments and continued dancing but he wasn’t taking the hint. “I’m on the dance floor to dance, not talk,” I wanted to say.
After a few songs, Massimo started getting a bit full on and when I turned to leave, he grabbed my arm. I attempted to pull away but his grip was firm.
“Let go,” I yelled, thinking my next move would be to, as mum would say, “Kick him in the goolies.” There wasn’t enough room to step back so I figured I’d knee him instead, which I was just about to do when Roberto appeared.
Roberto took one look at me and yelled something in Italian that made Massimo promptly release his grip.
“You ok?” Roberto mouthed.
I nodded yes and he tilted his head in the direction of the bar, where most of my crew was gathered.
“What was all that about?” Millie asked when I finally made it to the bar.
“Just some dickhead trying it on.”
“Looks like your knight in shining armour took care of him,” she said, gesturing to Roberto as he made his way towards us.
“You sure you’re ok?” he asked.
“Yeah, I’m fine, thanks. What did you say to him?”
He laughed. “I can’t repeat it. Far too rude.”
“Well whatever it was, thank you.”
“Yeah, thanks for taking care of that slime ball,” Millie said, passing a drink to Roberto.
“For me?” he asked.
“Uh-huh,” she smiled. “It’s a Mojito.”
“My favourite. Thanks, Millie,” he said, clearly surprised.
“No problem,” she said, passing the same to me. “One for you as well, Madison.”
“Yummy, thanks, Millie, oooh, the mint smells so good.”
“Cheers you two,” she said, clinking her glass first to mine then to Roberto’s.
“Cheers,” Roberto and I said in unison.
Wonders will never cease!