I wonder if anyone is reading this. Oh, well perhaps not. If you are, please let me know what you think. Although a lot of this is based/taken from the movie I have excluded Ethan (for this Ethan is already in England) so Rachel doesn't see Dex coming out of a cab. Dex returns to the club/bar to find Darcy's purse.
Chapter 2 - Dex's POV
I walked back through the door. I couldn't believe I was back here again, being the dutiful boyfriend and clearing up after Darcy and her drinking. This happened a lot, lots of fun for Darcy, not so much fun for me. Rachel looked up at me as I walked in; she was sitting at the bar with a group of people, looking puzzled to see me back here
R: Dex. Hey what's going on?
Dx: Darcy forgot her purse
R: Her new Chanel?
M: Oh no, not the new Chanel! C'mon shots, let's go.
Rachel got up
R: I'm going to help him find it
M: Are you serious?
R: It's like a $2000 handbag
M: Dudes don't need to know stuff like that
Rachel joined me in the search for the purse, we'd been looking for a while when I heard Rachel's voice
I turned and saw Rachel crawl under a table. My eyes started to wander over her and I shook my head to focus on something else
R: And voila!
I walked towards her and heard her bang her head on the table
Dx: You all right?
She looked so cute holding her hand to her head
Dx: You sure?
Rachel held out the purse and I looked at her intently
Dx: Thank you. Come on. I'll get you a taxi.
We walked back towards the bar and Rachel reached for a glass
M: C'mon Dex, man. Hang out for a minute.
R: Yeah, you should stay for at least one more
I was seriously tempted. I knew I should go back home but one or two drinks wouldn't hurt. It was Saturday night, it wasn't like I had to work tomorrow. I thought for a moment longer and then agreed
Dx: Why not?
M: That's my man
Marcus was pleased and slapped me on the shoulder in approval as I joined them. We had a few more drinks and didn't really notice that everyone had peeled away and disappeared. It looked like Rachel and I were the only ones left standing.
Dx: We should get a cab
R: Yeah, I suppose so
Her tone sounded a little reluctant but she gathered up her bags and we left. Once we got outside into the cooler night air, I stuck my arm out to try to hail a cab.
Dx: So did you have a good time tonight
R: Yeah I did
I couldn't help it, I scoffed. Big parties like this were not really Rachel's thing, she only came to this sort of thing when she was being dragged along by one of her friends, namely Darcy. I'd lost track of the times that Darcy had complained that Rachel hadn't attended some work event or other that she or her company had been part of. Rachel preferred smaller groups, talking to people not loud clubs and bars where you often had to shout to be heard over whatever new trendy tune was playing at max volume.
R: I did!
Rachel sighed after her protest and I was suddenly stuck by an idea.
Dx: Hey. Let's get one more drink.
R: Oh no, that's okay. You don't have to
Dx: Come on. I want to
Rachel nodded and we walked for a bit until we found a bar. Not a cool hip place, not somewhere trying to be trendy, not somewhere dingy either. Just a normal everyday place
Dx: What about here?
R: Sure. Here looks good
I loved that she was ok with this place. Rachel was very relaxed like that. Not everywhere was a place for her to perform. Darcy would have protested like crazy if I had tried to bring her somewhere like this. We grabbed some drinks and then slid into a booth where we chatted casually about a huge variety of things. I was having a great time, I was calm and relaxed, chatting to a beautiful girl with no interruptions when Rachel surprised me by remarking
R: When was the last time we talked like this?
Dx: It's been a while hasn't it?
Rachel nodded, smiling brightly. She had a fantastic smile, it lit up any situation and always made me feel right with the world
Dx: Maybe a little too long?
She shrugged still smiling.
R: Maybe that's what makes it nice
She leaned back and I felt a slight tingling go through me. I tried to distract myself
Dx: Another drink? Same again?
Rachel nodded, still beaming that smile.
I went to the bar to get our drinks, I had the vague feeling of a presence to my right but I was lost in my thoughts about having such a great time and not wanting it to be over
Dx: Two Heinekens, please
I grabbed both bottles and took a swig of mine as I walked back to the booth
I placed the bottle in front of Rachel and slid back into the booth
R: You really don't notice the way that women look at you.
I raised an eyebrow at her and wondered why Rachel had said that
Dx: You're funny
R: I'm not that funny
Her tone sounded a little down and I was caught by a desire to make her smile again
Dx: You're right, you were much funnier in law school
She chuckled as I made reference to our time in law school. Her laugh washed over me, we laughed a lot back then, even when we were supposed to be seriously studying. I missed it, I missed Rachel, her laugh, her conversation, her relaxed company.
R: God if we could do anything, anything, wake up tomorrow and do anything…..
R: ….be anything, what would you do?
R: What would you be?
I tried to avoid the question. There were so many things I wanted to do, so I made a joke
Dx: Rap superstar.
R: Come on, seriously.
She leaned on the table, with that smile, her eyes focusing on me prompting me to give her a real answer.
Dx: I'd be a teacher.
I watched the quick look of surprise cross her face. I loved having the time to sit across from her and watch her face. It was so expressive. I felt the need to get closer so I leaned on the table and confided something I hadn't told anyone else.
Dx: Yeah, I always wanted to teach. You know, maybe start with high school.
I clinked our bottles together in a toast and breathed in deeply
Dx: Coach the soccer team
I took a another swig and leaned back again. Rachel's delicate scent was playing havoc with my insides. I felt like I was back in law school again.
R: So why aren't we? Doing what we wanna to do?
Dx: Well I don't know about you but
Dx: Doing what I wanna do has never been much of a factor. It's more like …
DX: what I am expected to do.
R: Yes. Exactly.
I continued to smile at Rachel and watched her take a swig from her bottle and glance up at the bar.
R: Wow. We're really flipping her out.
She glanced over at the bar and I followed her gaze to a woman sitting at the bar. Rachel leaned forward on the table again and lowered her voice a notch in a confiding tone.
R: She can't imagine what you are doing here with me. Hot people are supposed to be with hot people
I met her look thinking she was crazy. I thought about making a funny remark to her. I glanced from the girl at the bar to Rachel, who was taking another swig before looking back over to the bar again. I decided to call out to the woman
Dx: Excuse me
Rachel tried to stop me in her usual sweet embarrassed way.
R: Dex. Shh!
The girl looked over at me
Dx: I think you are making my girlfriend uncomfortable over here.
R: Dex. Stop it
I looked at Rachel intently, and opened out my hands in protest to my innocence
Rachel laughed as I looked back at the bar, pleased to see the girl looking flustered at being called out. Good. I didn't like that she had made Rachel feel uncomfortable, especially when we were having such a great time.
R: Oh my God! Ha ha ha
I looked over at Rachel and flared my eyes at her, enjoying her rich laugh and how good she looked like this. I would remember this night for a long time. I loved our closeness; it felt like it was just the two of us, in a bubble, part of the ordinary world but untouchable because we were together. I wasn't going to let anyone ruin it.
R: Oh, Now I remember why I had such a crush on you in law school
My heart skipped a beat at Rachel's words. She was just saying that, trying to be nice
Dx: No, you didn't
I looked down at the table
R: Course I did
Everything seemed to stop as I looked up from the table to Rachel, I felt my smile freeze a little as my heart went into overdrive. I thought everyone could hear the pounding, I certainly could.
WHAT? Did I just hear right. I must be dreaming. Keep breathing, keep breathing.
My whole body seemed to tingle. My world went a little fuzzy round the edges. Maybe it was the drink making me hear things but I saw Rachel shake her head
R: Oh, come on. You knew.
She looked right at me, as if I had known all this time. Her smile still sweet and gentle. I just stared at her. I felt like she had slapped me. Hard. My mind was whirling, thoughts racing through at a hundred miles an hour and I was completely speechless. I couldn't think of a single thing to say. I saw the smile die on her lips. Damn. We had to get out of here. I had to process this. I heard myself say
Dx: I'll go get us a cab
My voice sounded odd, detached, like it hadn't come from my body but I got up, went to the bar and ordered a cab. Rachel gathered her bags and I came back to the booth to collect my jacket and Darcy's purse, my mind still reeling.
Think, Think damn it. Could this be true? After all this time? Should we talk about it?
I was just about aware of a cab pulling up to us as I tried to get a handle on myself. I pulled open the door whilst Rachel got in. I closed it once she was safely inside amazed that my arms weren't shaking. I felt like my whole body was shaking. I got in to other side and threw Darcy's bag down on the floor. I tried to get a hold of myself, I adjusted in my seat to get comfortable.
Dx: Two stops. Tenth and Second and then down to Tribeca.
My body was humming with anticipation and I was trying to deal with what was happening. Breathe, be calm. You are a rational guy.
I heard a small voice drift across from my right cutting into my mantra
R: I'm sorry. I don't know why I …
I turned my face to see Rachel looking out the window, shaking her head. My mind was screaming.
Don't take it back. Don't deny what you just said.
She turned towards me and started to speak again
R: I was just a—
I leaned over, cupping her head in my hands and cut her off by pressing my mouth to hers. The whole thing was feeling unreal. My brain stopped thinking; all I could do was feel. I was starting to pull away when I felt her respond. I looked at her for a moment, giving her the option to pull away. I heard a gorgeous moan and she closed her eyes and moved towards me to kiss me. I met her lips. I didn't know where I was and I didn't care. I just didn't want this to stop. No more thoughts just sensations, wonderful intoxicating sensations. Warmth, tingling, softness, heat. I couldn't get close enough. I was just lost in her. Her scent, her touch, her lips, her taste. It was like adding fuel to a fire, everything made me want more. More. I craved more. More. Closer. More.
Driver: Yeah, all right. I'm thinking more like one stop