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I Only Want To Get You, Coffee ☕

Short Story #21
A friends to lovers thing
A short coffee romance

I looked at the two coffees in confusion in my hands. “Why have I got two?” I asked the barista. “I only wanted one.”

She looks at me as if I had grown an extra head. “Do you sleepwalk? This is the third time that you came in and ordered the same two coffees.”

“Oh,” I could feel my cheeks growing warmer. “Thanks,” blushing out of embarrassment, I left the shop pinning the blame solely on one Nickolas Abdool. I missed him so much although I was the one at fault. We were the best of friends before something shifted in the universe, pushing us even closer together and when he finally admitted the way he felt about me a few weeks ago, I ran. I liked us being friends despite the fact that I always wanted to make him smile. His smiles were like sunshine on a rainy afternoon especially the one with the soft turn of lips, dimples deepening, chocolate brown eyes, soft and bright.

I missed him.

So when I showed up on his porch the next morning and his eyes bulged like some sort of exotic insect when he opened the door to me holding out a coffee to him, I was expecting him to tell me off. Instead, he accepted it wordlessly and stood to the side to let me in.

“It turns out that when I get a coffee, I order yours as well and then it dawned on me that I only want to get you, coffee.” I rambled. “Does that make sense?”

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“No,” he drawls in that Kentucky accent, still thoroughly confused. “But keep talking.”

“Last week, I went to the mall and I ordered you a coffee despite the fact that you weren’t with me and I had no intention to come visit. And do you know what I did a while ago?”

Nickolas grins. “I can guess, but I’ll like the sound of it better coming from your mouth.”

I shrug. “I did it again, Nick. I ordered you a coffee.” I then sighed and decided to come clean with it. “I missed you, Nick.”

He smiled somewhat sadly. “I missed you, too. I would’ve kept my feelings to myself had I known you would’ve run.”

“It’s not that, Nick. The only time I feel like smiling is when I’m with you. Your voice surrounds my heart like a blanket because it reminds me of home. It’s just that all these new feelings left me perplexed because I don’t want our friendship to end.”

“And who says it’s ending?”

“When friends become lovers there is no going back to normal after a break-up.”

“You won’t know unless you try.”

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“I know that now. Wait, I need to do something.” I told him putting his peace offering coffee down on the kitchen island. I stepped in front of him, tiptoed and pressed my lips chastely against his for a few seconds. “Okay, definitely didn’t feel like it was kissing my brother.”

Nickolas laughed a deep throaty laugh and teased, “You’ll be miserable for all of tomorrow over me.”

“No, I’d be miserable for all of my tomorrows without you and I like getting you coffee, so there’s that extra bonus.”

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*sighs* In the end, it did not turn out as romantic as I wanted it to be for I kept rewriting and adding stuff. I don’t write short stories in advance anymore. I literally write the story two hours or so before I post (it). Also, I dislike writing in this particular POV, but the story kept leaning that way so I had no choice, but to follow where the writing led me.

I’m sorry for not elaborating further on Nickolas’ character. I kind of enjoyed writing him although his appearance didn’t tell you anything (how tall he is, if he’s handsome, a few of his favorite things, etc.) but hey, he’s from Kentucky and I LOVE the Kentuckian drawl. 😜

This short story is in sync with the six-word story I posted earlier. Thank you for reading. God bless. 💙

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French Friday: À bientôt?

Welcome back to French Friday! I don’t know how to say that in French as yet, but I’m guessing it’s Bienvenue au vendredi français? Come on French speakers, help une fille out, oui?

This week flew by pretty fast, but I managed to make time for some French, although it was more like a walk through since I managed to cover the topic a long time ago. Anyway, enough musing. 

How do you say “See you later” in French? Well, I know there are a few ways to say it, but I’ve been using “à bientôt” for as long as I can remember. I recently had a conversation with my French-speaking South African friend and he told me that “à tout à l’heure” means the same thing, but “a plus tard” is the best form to use when telling someone that you’ll see them later. And if you’ll like to tell someone that you’ll see them tomorrow, one can use “à demain”. 

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So basically, upon parting company, one must know the right term to use just as we do in English. 

  • à bientôt – see you soon {bien + tôt = very + soon = adverb}
  • à plus tard – see you later {au plus tard means at the latest}
  • à demain – see you tomorrow
  • au revoir – goodbye 

On a side note, I learned the word for thunder in Japanese is kaminari and I know how to say coffee in 5 languages:

Hindi: kofi (KOH-fee)

Finnish: kahvi

Swedish: kaffe

Italian: caffe (KA-fee)

Icelandic: Kaffii

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I have no idea why I even learned to say coffee in a few languages, but I found it fun. Thanks for joining me this week as I continue to pursue French. What about you? Any language that you’re learning? What interesting things have you learned this week?

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Day 11: 10 Favorite Foods

Yay! I gets to talk about food! 😋 Ten food images/GIFs coming right up! You’ve been warned. 

1. Pancakes. I can eat it every single day no matter the given time.

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2. Want to know the way to my heart? Let me test your macaroni pie and then we can talk about us being friends. 😃

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3. Nothing like a good old cheese pizza… topped with pineapple, onions, and peppers!

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4. I probably ate a little too much of it this week, but I French fry love you!

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5. Spicy, little spice, a lot of spice… it doesn’t matter how it’s done, Curry will always be done right by my Indian heart.

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6. I also heart Chicken Alfredo! 

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7. Pop that popcorn for it’s my favorite snacking food always. 

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8. Freshly baked croissants smothered with butter or jam and married to a cup of beautiful coffee. 

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9. Donut all day and all week long.

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10. I scream for ice cream! 

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***All images and GIFs via Google Search