February 21st, 1992
Hotel InterContinental, Nairobi, Kenya
Over dinner last night at Carnivore, the conversation turned to travel, giving Mum the perfect opportunity to rattle off the countries we’ve visited. Thor agreed with Mum that Hong Kong is captivating but he has yet to make it to Australia, which is surprising, since it appears he travels extensively.
With no idea who Thor is or what he does, I made a sneaky call to Ian (our Captain) who promised he’d, “do a spot of investigating,” prior to Mum and I meeting Thor. It probably helped that Thor is staying at the same hotel, hence the reason for Ian’s prompt return phone call. Apparently, Thor is a regular guest at the hotel and has, “multiple business holdings in the area.” From the info Ian managed to garner, he said he felt assured that it’d be safe for us to venture out with Thor but just as an extra precaution (true to the nature of a Captain) he arranged to be in the lobby when we were due to meet Thor!
Back to dinner (which I have to say was hugely entertaining) where Thorasked if I have “a special someone.”
I nodded. “Fiancé.”
“Niiiice,” he drawled. “Any wedding plans?”
“Yes,” I smirked. “One week from tomorrow!”
Wine shot from Thor’s mouth, narrowly missing Mum by about an inch! Poor guy looked absolutely mortified as he dabbed at his mouth, then the tablecloth, all the while apologizing profusely.
Getting back to the conversation, Thor asked Mum what her future son-in-law is like and this time, he looked like he was about to fall off the chair when Mum nonchalantly replied; “I don’t know, I’ve yet to meet him.”
Thor’s response came out sounding as though Mum didn’t understand English. “You haven’t met the man your daughter is marrying?”
“Tom and I will meet him next week.”
With Thor’s gaze firmly on me, he shook his head. “You know, I thought eating buffalo or ostrich would be the craziest thing about tonight, but….but…here you are, so close to your wedding, on a different continent!”
“And loving every second,” I retorted.
“Shouldn’t you be in Scotland making plans?”
Preparing to savour the moment, I smiled my biggest smile. “The wedding isn’t in Scotland. It’s in America.”
“Oh…this…story,” he uttered in his lovely accent, clutching at his heart in such a way it had me wondering if he was doing it as a joke or not.
“You must start at the beginning,” he smiled. “But first, some Champagne.”