It Was a Thursday Night

“Shogo, you have to know I was ready to break up with Jessica for her. You know, I loved her so much and thought she was different from modern women. I thought she had integrity and a pure heart.”

“Idiot, why are you talking past tense? Besides, what are you implying?”

He made a clean breast of his agony with a trembling voice, “You know, Shogo, after the New Year, I saw her being lonely by herself in the living room. My heart was touched by her poignant expression, since I loved her dearly. Hence, I asked her what made her so sad. She told me that she was broken up with her boyfriend, and she was feeling so sad and lonely. You know, Shogo, I was so sorry for her. Her confession stirred my heart profoundly. So, I invited her to dinner, and she accepted it immediately. Remember when I called you, I was looking forward to the dinner with heart a full of love? Besides, I needed your advice. You’re my best friend, and I trust you more than anyone else. But alas, you, cynical son of bitch, you tried to hang up, because it was a roaming call, and you thought it was expensive. How could you try to hang up on your friend, who desperately needed your consolation and help? Above all, I was dying to share my excitement with someone! Sometimes you make me think you are a heartless son of bitch and make me feel you are only concerned about yourself anyway.”

He lit a cigarette afresh and resumed, “It was a Thursday night when we were supposed to go out together. I came back to the apartment about 6:00 p.m. with high expectations. She was here to do some work in her room, so I knocked on her door determinedly. She opened the door with a serious face. We had talked about everything under the sun almost for two hours. She told me that she was so lonely because she is alone. Moreover, she confessed me that she likes me very much and wanted to ask me out, but when she saw on Facebook that I am dating with Jessica, she changed her mind because she didn’t want to interfere with our relationship. And she didn’t want to make Jessica jealous. When I heard these words, I was melting. I thought Andrea was so pure, and I had to take care of her at any cost. My friend, you don’t know I was almost ready to break up with Jessica. What is more, she told me that she couldn’t go out with me because of Jessica. She didn’t want to hurt Jessica’s feelings. In the night, I was seriously thinking that if I should break up with Jessica for her, and I was ecstatically imagining that Andrea and I are strolling around Condesa, arm in arm. Suddenly, I heard an ominous noise; it was about 1:00 a.m. She came back to the apartment with a guy, can you beat it? I couldn’t see who he was because I was in my room. Besides, I refused to see the bastard’s face. I couldn’t sleep and kept on thinking what she had told me. I couldn’t believe that she was lying to me face to face. I guess it was around 4:00 a.m. that finally that bastard left the apartment. Shogo, you know what I thought in anguish all night?”

“Of course, I know you, man. It must’ve been a tough night for you.”

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