29 8 / 2014
lucidliar said: Carm/Mel, marriage pact (if they're still single at 40 or so on...)
(I’m old enough that 40 doesn’t seem old, let’s say 45, make me feel better)
The email from Carm at the beginning of November doesn’t come as a surprise exactly, it’s more of a reminder of the fact that they’ve lost touch, that these notes are something to savor.
The content, though, that surprises her. A flight reservation to Hawaii for the week around her birthday and a short note, “I don’t care if you’ve forgotten the pact, or want to pretend you have, or whatever. Hawaii for your 45th birthday. My treat.”
And she’s about to write back, ‘what pact?’ When she remembers a hazy hot summer night, both of them newly single again, and a promise, a ‘if one of us isn’t married by 45 then we should just…’
And she’s definitely still single again, and from Carm’s email she’s guessing Carm is too. And maybe, maybe. All those other goals she reached for in her mid 20s worked out. Maybe this one would too.
She writes back, “And if the answer is yes?”
Carm’s reply come right away and she knows Carm’s been thinking about it, maybe planning for that. “My season will be over before Hawaii, I can always get another coaching job, move to you after Hawaii.”
And Mel isn’t ready to say yes, not exactly. But maybe. She replies back, “See you in Hawaii!”