Chapter 4 – Extract 16 from The Paradise Induction!
“I have to wait three months for this redundancy package to come in,” I said, worried she wouldn’t be able to wait for me in fast-paced American society.
“We’ll see how things go,” she replied. No assurance at all, but I knew I definitely could be faithful to her. To have a woman from the States interested in me was a miracle. To have any woman interested in me was special, because at this point, I’d still not experienced the pleasure of a proper girlfriend.
We talked, we laughed, and grew more excited about our impending reunion as January and February passed.
For the first time in my life, it was great to know that someone out there actually had feelings for me.
But it didn’t last.
Messaging became strained.
Arianna began to get angry at statements where I meant no harm.
“I’m just going out tonight,” I said, outfitted in a knight’s garb for a fancy-dress party. I took a photo and sent it to her via Windows Messenger programme. Skype video just wouldn’t work which made her increasingly upset, but I kept telling myself, “Hold it together. It’s only two more months. She will wait for me.”