“Hi Amy. Sure, no problem. I’ll see you at the VIP event. Thanks for thinking of me. Umm, I hate to bring this up now, but I haven’t heard from Ari. I don’t know if he’s just busy, or maybe he met someone, but I haven’t heard from him in weeks. I thought for sure he’d call while I was in Paris, but nothing.”
“Oh, Catherine, he must be really busy. Or traveling. He travels a lot. I’ll look into it and let you know. Ok? See you tonight.”
Ari did eventually call, apologizing so profusely I felt bad for him. “I’m really sorry. I’m in a really bad spot right now to be dating. My family is here from the Philippines for a couple weeks. I’ve got a couple shows I’m working on. I’m just so sorry. Right now is tough. Maybe if things ease up I’d love to give you a call in a few weeks or so. Maybe if you’re not seeing anyone at that point.”
My heart sank. I tried to sound indifferent. “Omigosh, no worries. Please, take care of yourself, take care of your family. Have a good time with them. Don’t worry about it. Take care, ok?”
I couldn’t believe I had pinned my hopes on someone I hadn’t even met in person. Get over it. I tried to coax myself and headed to the freezer for some ice-cream.