“Where should we go for dessert?” he asked.
That was our thing. After every meal, we got something sweet at a different place so dessert alone could hold its justice. Even if everything else in the world was a joke, we were very serious about our food. We just finished dinner and were at a street light that required a quick decision for sweetness. We could head North or go further South. We wondered what was even open this late and then the light was green.
“I have an idea,” he said as he made a turn.
I asked where we were headed but was not really expecting an answer. Most people like surprises, I guess. Even though I was ironically used to the expecting surprises by then, it had not changed the fact that it was actually a pet peeve established early on in our relationship.
The car stopped and I laughed. We were parked outside a gas station within meters of the street light. By the time I asked what he was really getting, the car door had shut and he was running in. I hoped for some chocolate but it didn’t really matter to me either way. He came back with an ice cream cone. Barely unwrapped, he began to gnaw away at the cold chocolate shell you had to break into for the ice cream. I was amused. He started to drive.
As we passed a few exits, I quietly observed as he reached the end of the waffle cone. I sat with a smirk, wondering if he was really going to just finish it. After he was done, I waited a few minutes. Maybe he would come to a sudden a realization. Well, maybe not.
Then I said, “So, let’s talk about how you didn’t even offer me any.”
There was a pause and then we laughed. I laughed because this was not too surprising, he has these moments often when he is engrossed in whatever he is doing. I don’t think the ice cream even had a chance to melt.
“Oh no, I’m sorry. Let’s stop somewhere and get another,” he said.
I said it was fine. I remember thinking how hilarious it was and that it would be a funny story to share later on.
Well, now is Later and Then is over. But now as I’m remembering it all, I don’t seem to be laughing.