I pushed away from them, trying not to look like I was fleeing, and soon found myself at the opposite end of the L-shaped bar. “What can I get you?” The bartender, a pudgy bearded man with an obvious beer-belly, questioned.
“Uh, rum and coke,” I said the first drink combination my mind could supply and the man busied himself with the bottles in front of him.
“It’s on me,” a new voice said to my left and I whipped my head around. “You look like you could use it.”
The man before me was hunched over the bar, his own drink, a straight shot of whiskey over ice by the looks of it sitting on the bar between his elbows. I narrowed my eyes at him, taking in his deliberately mussed mahogany-coloured hair and his matching dark five-o’clock shadow. His black collared shirt, slightly rumpled from wear, gave me the instant impression that he figured himself a ladies man, but was currently a little down on his luck in that regard. Great, so he’s slumming it…
“I can get my own drink, thanks,” I told him, not kindly.
My rum and coke arrived and a blue five dollar bill changed hands. My blue five dollar bill.
“Victor,” he said, before I could walk away.
“Sorry?” I asked, turning back to look at him, not sure I heard him right.
“My name is Victor,” he repeated. “You look like the kind of girl who wouldn’t accept a drink from a stranger. Now you know my name, so we’re no longer strangers.”
“Yeah,” I agreed, noncommittally, lifting my drink to him in salute. “Nice to meet you, Victor.”
Having dealt with the ‘local colour’, I was ready to return to Debbie and Paul, and face the music, but ‘Victor’ felt the need to stop me again. “You never gave me yours.”
I whirled again, more confused than ever. “Gave you my what?”
He smiled, revealing perfectly straight, white teeth. So he’s not just dressing well, he’s got money. Or at least, his parents had enough to buy him braces as a kid. I snickered at the thought. “Your name,” he said, smiling wider now, thinking because I was laughing too that we must be sharing some kind of moment or something.
“Summer,” I told him. Certainly telling him my name can’t hurt anything, can it?
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