September 23rd, 1990
At home, England
The best thing about being at home is picking up the phone and dialing my favourite place in the world.
David’s “Hello,” was all it took to make me want to crawl through the phone.
“Hey sleepy,” I uttered. “Is this too early for you?”
“No way! This is the best way to wake up,” he said in his sexy morning voice.
I imagined him in bed, stretching. Concentrate. Concentrate.
“Did you have a late night?”
Please say no and that you’re tired from staying up late reading “War and Peace.”
“I guess, well, ah, I don’t know.”
“Oh.” Keep it together McGarr. Be cool. “Did you go out?”
“Yeah we had an awesome night, we…”
“We?” Cool! Be cool!
“Yeah, Elizabeth’s here for the weekend. Did you forget I told you she was coming?”
“Oh, Elizabeth. Your sister Elizabeth!” Not some gorgeous tanned, toned girl called Claudette, with long dark hair and green eyes who does bikini modelling “just for fun” because being a lawyer can be “soooo tedious!”
“Where’d you go?” You two. Brother and sister. Not you and Claudette!
“To our favourite sushi place.”
“Where’s that?” I asked.
“You know, the place in Bel Air. Our favourite sushi place.”
“Oh, I thought you meant…”
“Ours, honey. Our favourite.”
My hand instinctively reached for my heart. Ours. He said ours. “How was it?”
“As usual, the food was amazing. I mean, that place, wow, right? We talked about you for most of the night.”
“You talked about me? To your sister?”
“Yeah, she said she cant’ wait to meet you. I think you two will hit it off.”
“I can’t wait to meet her either.”
“I’m thinking Thanksgiving.”
He laughed. “November. It’s always the third Thursday in November.”
“Oh, it might be too late for me to request leave but…”
“I’m just throwing it out there, so hopefully we can figure something out. It’d be awesome for you to come and meet everybody.”
“My folks, my sister. Some random family members, friends, you know, holiday stuff. Besides, you need to come and see my new place.”
“When are you moving in?”
“Hopefully before I leave for Germany, which is kindofa crazy goal but I think I can swing it. And you are gonna flip when you see it. Front row baby!”
I laughed. “Bang smack on the ocean, can’t beat that! Ugh, just saying that makes me homesick for LA.”
“Now that’s funny. You being homesick for a place you’ve never lived.”
“Guess we got a lot to do, huh?”
“Yes,” I said. “Yes, we do.”
Especially now that we have a favourite restaurant and you want me to meet your family.