Every Other Wednesday 5


“I’m okay,” she insisted as she slipped into the coat and tied the belt.

He just wanted to wrap his arms around her and make whatever was bothering her better.

“See you soon,” she said with a quick wave as she walked out the door.

David had the feeling Dana was going to be on his mind a lot over the next few days. She wasn’t nearly as flirty as usual, and their conversations were strained. But most of all, he had never seen her look so sad; she was always so bubbly. God, he hoped she wasn’t regretting the hand job. Maybe he should have put a stop to it… Knowing that he couldn’t change what happened, David headed back to his desk to put in a couple more hours of work.

~ ~ ~

The following two weeks passed surprisingly quickly. David found himself wondering how Dana was doing quite often. It was agonizing resisting the urge to contact her. It was Dana day once more. He would have loved to have been home when she came, but he had some meetings that couldn’t occur remotely. David grabbed the case holding his work laptop and made his way to his car. He turned the key to the ignition. Nothing. He tried again. Silence. Damnit! Thank God for AAA! Hopefully they’d arrive on time for him to make his first meeting. He placed the call from his cell phone only to learn that they were at least two hours out. With a heavy sigh, he grabbed his laptop and went back to his apartment. As he was unlocking the door, his phone rang. It was Dana.

“Dana, hi! What’s up?” he asked. David wanted to ask if she was okay, but didn’t because he hoped that whatever was bothering her had long since been ironed out.

“I’m good, thanks. Would it be okay if dropped over a little early today? I don’t want to interrupt any work calls, but I had to shift my schedule a bit to work around a client’s book club meeting she’s hosting.”

“Go for it! Though I have to warn you, I might still be here waiting for AAA. My car wouldn’t start this morning.”

“All the better! I could use a few good laughs today.”

He could hear the smile in the tone of her voice. The thought of making her laugh made him grin. “Awesome. I hope to see you soon then.”

They disconnected the call as he set up his laptop on his desk. He’d shoot off a few emails to reschedule the earliest meetings, and then begin his daily check of website metrics and product sales. As he opened his email program, he found an unread message from Kelsey.

~ ~ ~

To: David Michaels

From: Kelsey Carter

Subject: Dana Day

So, I have to ask…are you at work, or at home waiting for Dana to come 😉?

Take care,

Kelsey

~ ~ ~

To: Kelsey Carter

From: David Michaels

Subject: Re: Dana Day

I’m at home waiting for AAA. My car wouldn’t start this morning.

Take care,

David

~ ~ ~

To: David Michaels

From: Kelsey Carter

Subject: Re: Dana Day

Uh huh…surrrre your car woudn’t start… 😉 It’s me you’re talking to.

Take care,

Kelsey

~ ~ ~

To: Kelsey Carter

From: David Michaels

Subject: Re: Dana Day

I’m totally serious. I think it’s the battery.

Take care,

David

~ ~ ~

To: David Michaels

From: Kelsey Carter

Subject: Re: Dana

Well fuck, that sucks. I know I should be saying I’m sorry, but I’m kinda not. You know, ’cause Dana day 😉!

Take care,

Kelsey

~ ~ ~

David laughed out loud. Kelsey said “fuck” and “suck” in a single sentence, and knowing the way her mind worked, he was certain the double entendres were intentional. He shook his head as he navigated to the web metrics control panel. He was pleased to see the continuing decline in bounce rate, and was thrilled to see sales were up a few percentage points. The changes they mapped out during that conference call had worked beautifully!

He heard a soft knock at the door. AAA would have called first; it must be Dana. He tried not to get too excited, as he reminded himself for like the millionth time that she’s married.

“Come on in, Dana!” he called out, cringing slightly at his use of the word “come” and the graphic images it conjured up in his mind.

She let herself in and stood just inside the door, wearing her khaki colored trench coat. David looked over at her and smiled.

 

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