At The Bar

Julia was drinking by herself in the bar. She called Andy. She was not so drunk like she is about to pass out. He answered the call after the few signals.
“Hey.”
“Hi Andy. It’s me, Julia. How are you doing? I feel like we haven’t talked for a while.”
“I’m doing alright. Yeah, it’s been a while. How are you?”
“Andy, can you come over here?”
“Right now? Where are you?”
“I’m at the bar in front of my home by myself. You know it. The quiet and small one that I’ve always talked about.”
“Did you drink a lot?”
“Umm, just a little bit. Haha. Sorry Andy, nevermind. I just wanted to call you.”
Her voice sounded different than her usual bright voice. He thought something happened to her.
“No Julia it’s ok. I will be there. I’m just done with my work. I will be there in 10 minutes.”
“Thank you, Andy. I will be here waiting for you.”
“Okay, I’ll see you soon.”
“See you.”

Andy hung up the phone and talked to his colleague next to him.
“Tom, I’m sorry I have to go somewhere. I can’t drink with you tonight. Let’s have a drink tomorrow night.”
Andy talked to Tom as he was wearing his jacket. Tom said,
“What? Where are you going?”
“I will tell you later.”
Andy rushed to the exit door of the office.

Andy and Julia are sitting on the chair in front of bartender in the bar. They have been drinking together for almost half an hour. Andy has never seen her drunk like this. She always enjoyed having a party with her friends including Andy, but she never crossed her alcohol limitation with them. It seemed she liked to have a good time with friends unlike Andy who usually reluctantly get dragged by his friends. However, the reason why he kept going to their party was because of her. He didn’t like to be a center of attention among friends. He has never had a drink with only Julia before.
“It seems everyone is busy now. We all got the job after the graduation. So, we haven’t had a drink altogether for like 3 months?”
Andy is listening to her.
“Love is too difficult.” Julia said in a low voice with fluffy smile. “I’m still lonely even though I have a boyfriend. Andy, thank you for being here with me.”
Andy looked at her eyes trying to understand what is in her eyes.
Julia smiled again and looked away from his eyes. She said,
“I’m glad you are my friend. I’m always comfortable with you. If I’m with you, I can tell you anything. You are important person to me. I want to see you longer than love.”
“Of course, Julia. I promise I will always be here when you need me.”
It felt weird to say that he will always be a good help for her. ‘This is not what I wanted to tell her,’ he thought.
‘I love you.’ He said in his heart. ‘I hope the person you feel sadness was me.’
He looked at his glass filled with cocktail. He thought that the feelings that he has never shown might have found the answer.

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