CHAPTER TW0

THAT NIGHT AT MALLOY'S PUB

"Where the hell are they Victor?" TC asked impatiently.

"TC, they will be here, just relax man. We are supposed to be hanging out our friends, Chris and Cory, not dating them. Our objective is for you to get information about Chris' likes and dislikes when it comes to men. We don't want her to get the impression that you are trying to make a move just yet TC. Take a deep breath and just act yourself." Victor stated to his friend.

"I am relaxed and I know what I'm doing. All I am saying is that they should have been here by now. I just hope nothing has happened to them." TC said.

"Then why are you dressed like that?" Victor asked, talking about TC's well pressed collar shirt and creased khaki pants.

"I can't dress nice every once in awhile?" TC asked in his defense.

"Whatever man. Hush it up, the girls are on their way over here. What's going on ladies? Cory are you ready to eat your words from earlier today?" Victor asked.

"We are fine Victor and the only one that is going to be eating their words is you." Cory replied.

"Then lets get it on," said Victor. Cory and Victor walked away leaving Chris and TC alone at the table by themselves.

"So why are you dressed like that?" Chris asked TC curiously.

"Like what?" TC said, trying to sound confused.

"Like you are about to go to a country club or something," said Chris.

"I don't know what you are talking about. This is just a shirt and some pants," replied TC.

"Whatever. What were you and Victor talking about before we walked up?" Chris asked, changing the subject about TC's choice of attire for the night.

" really. We just were wondering if something had happened to the two you because you were late." TC said, quickly thinking on his toes.

"That is so sweet. Well my money is on Cory, that she destroys Victor in pool." Chris said.

"You know who my money is on. Want to play me?" TC asked.

"I'm not that good in pool TC, but if you want to have a laugh at my expense why not." Chris said accepting his offer.

"I can teach you whatever you need to know." TC told Chris as they were walking to the nearest pool table. TC started to set up the table so that they could start their game.

"TC can I ask you a question?" Chris asked. TC looked up from the table to Chris.

"Sure, I guess." TC said a bit hesitant.

"Have you started seeing anyone since Sandy left?" she asked.

" I haven't." he replied.

"Why not?"

"Well for one, it's kind of hard to get back into the dating scene once you have been with someone for a long period of time and then you break up. I don't want to find someone and constantly compare that person to what Sandy and I had. I don't want to be afraid to jump head in when it's time and I don't want to jump head in too soon. Do you understand what I mean?" TC said.

"Yeah. I understand completely where you are coming from, but sometimes you have to take chances. I mean lets just say that you get into a relationship with someone and it turns out to be everything that you wanted." Chris stated.

"I guess you're right. Where is all this coming from?" TC asked curiously.

"I have this friend named Amber who just moved into town from Michigan"

"Here we go with the set up thing." TC said walking away from the pool table.

"TC, she is a great girl. She has so much going for her. If I were a guy I would be all over her. I mean she is not dating anyone and neither are you so why don't you just take her on a few dates and see how it goes." Chris said, trying her best to persuade TC.

"No Chris. I can't stand the whole set up thing."

"Why not TC. She is a great girl. You could be saying no to your future. I mean if you're not going to do it at least give me one good reason besides the whole "you can't stand the set up thing" excuse.

"I don't want her Chris, I want." TC replied, barely catching himself.

"You want what? You don't even have to finish that sentence because I know exactly what you were going to say. You want Sandy but she is gone TC and it is time that you realize that.

"I REALIZE THAT CHRIS. EVERY TIME THAT I WAKE UP AND SHE IS NOT THERE I REALIZE. EVERY TIME THAT I COME HOME AND SHE IS NOT THERE I REALIZE. TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THAT I AM THE KING OF REALIZATION CHRIS." TC yelled. Everyone was staring at Chris and TC wondering what the altercation was about.

"I'm sorry TC, I should have been more considerate. It won't happen again. Just forget about the whole thing." Chris said, walking off to join Victor and Cory. TC just sat there and watched her walk away. He wanted to tell her so bad how he felt but couldn't find the courage to do it. He didn't want her friend; he wanted her. She wasn't interested in him. She was too busy trying to hook him up with her friend. TC's attention was momentarily drawn to the voice on the radio.

I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT EVENING. THE WEATHER IS PERFECT FOR A WALK ON THE BEACH WITH THAT SPECIAL PERSON OR GAZING AT THE STARS. THERE IS JUST NO REASON WHY ANYONE SHOULD BE ALONE TONIGHT. IF YOU ARE WITH THAT SPECIAL ONE AND YOU DECIDED TO STAY IN TONIGHT GET CUDDLED UP NEXT TO EACH OTHER AND JUST ENJOY EACH OTHER. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR LOVE BUT IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES CALL IN AND LET STORM PUT THAT SPARK IN YOUR LIFE. SOMETIMES ALL YOU NEED IS A LITTLE PUSH. UNTIL THEN ENJOY THE SMOOTH MELODIES OF R&B SINGER TANK. HERE IS ONE OF HIS SONGS OFF HIS FRESHMAN ALBUM: FORCE OF NATURE, HERE IS 'SLOWLY'. THIS IS WXYK ON 92.9 AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO STORM.

TC listened to the DJ as she serenaded her audience with her smooth voice and hypnotic words. He listened to the lyrics TANK said as he was singing the song and all he could think about was how much he would enjoy making love slowly to Chris. Just as TC thoughts of making love to Chris grew deeper, he was interrupted by the threesome.

"TC you just missed a good ass whopping courtesy of me." Cory said happily.

"Did she beat you that bad Victor?" TC asked his friend.

"Chris came over to the table and brought her good luck. The night is not over yet McNamara. I was just getting warmed up," replied Victor.

"So was I Del Toro. That was nothing compared to what I am going to do to you. Now be a good loser and buy me a beer." Cory said boldly

"I am going to buy you a beer not because I lost, but because I am a good friend." Victor said in his defense.

"Whatever Del Toro. Chris do you or TC need a refill since Victor is being such a good friend." Cory asked. TC and Chris both declined the offer. Cory walked with Victor to the bar.

"Chris I want to apologize for yelling at you earlier. I was out of line." TC said

"The only one out of line TC was me. I shouldn't have kept pressuring you. I was trying to be a good friend, but a good friend respects the other person's feelings. If anyone should be apologizing its me and I am sorry. Like I said, it won't happen again." Chris stated. The radio breaks through their conversation.

I'M BACK AND I JUST WANT TO GIVE A QUICK SHOT OUT TO ALL THE LOVERS OUT THERE. THERE IS NO GREATER FEELING THAN BEING IN LOVE. I BELIEVE IT WAS SAM KEEN WHO SAID THAT, YOU COME TO LOVE NOT BY FINDING THE PERFECT PERSON, BUT BY SEEING AN IMPERFECT PERSON PERFECTLY. I DON'T THINK THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN SAID BETTER. MIKE CALLED IN WHILE WE WERE ON A COMMERCIAL BREAK AND REQUESTED A SONG FOR HIS SPECIAL LADY. HE COULDN'T NAME ONE OFF THE TOP OF HIS HEAD SO HE ASKED ME TO PICK ONE FOR HIM. WELL MIKE THIS ONE IS FOR YOU AND YOUR LADY. HERE IS LENNY WILLIAMS WITH HIS HIT 'I LOVE YOU'. ENJOY MIKE. THIS IS WXYK ON 92.9 AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO STORM.

"I love her show so much. Cory and I try to listen to her show every chance we get. She has so much insight on love and how to deal with it." Chris said.

"She seems like she knows what she's talking about. Plus she plays really great music. I think I could listen to her show on a daily basis if I was into all that lovey-dovey stuff." TC replied.

"You don't have to be lovey-dovey to understand what she is saying TC. She gives really good advice. You should call her and ask her for some advice," replied Chris.

"I don't need advice Chris and even if I did, the radio would be the last place I would go to get it." TC said. TC and Chris looked around for Cory and Victor and realized they were caught up watching the game that was on TV. Victor was doing a good job of keeping Cory away from TC and Chris. Just as TC was about to start another conversation with Chris, Storm came back on the air.

WELCOME BACK TO ALL THE LOVERS AND LISTENERS OUT THERE. THIS IS STORM AND I HAVE ON THE LINE 'RESTLESS SLEEPER' CALLING FROM SAN DIEGO. HOW ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT RESTLESS SLEEPER? A female voice replies.

I'm good Storm. How about yourself?

I AM DOING FANTASTIC. I AM HAVING A GREAT EVENING. WHY DON'T I BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU SAID THAT YOU'RE DOING GOOD? HOW CAN I HELP YOU TONIGHT HONEY?

Well Storm, it's about my man. I love him so much and I know that he loves me just the same but lately he has been acting funny towards me. He just got this promotion at his job that requires him to work late hours, which I totally respect because that's his job, but he has to work these late hours with his new partner. You are probably saying well that is nothing, but if you saw his new partner you would be concerned too. She is so beautiful and way smarter than I am. I know that I am being insecure, it's just that I can't help thinking that they might be messing around. I haven't approached him about it because I don't want him to know that I'm jealous and I don't want it to affect his work. It's just that it has become so hard for me to sleep because all I think about, like now, is what is he doing. I mean I trust him and I know that he wouldn't do anything to hurt me, but I can't shake the feeling. What am I going to do? I can't keep living like this. My boss is already complaining at my job because he says that I come to work looking really tired. Help me storm!

NOW I SEE WHY YOU INTRODUCED YOURSELF AS RESTLESS SLEEPER. HONEY I HEARD YOU SAY SOMETHING WHILE YOU WERE EXPLAINING YOU SITUATION THAT I DON'T THINK YOU REALLY COMPREHENDED. YOU SAID, 'I TRUST HIM AND I KNOW THAT HE WOULDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HURT ME'. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT TRUST IS? WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY DESCRIBES TRUST AS BEING: THE ASSURED RELIANCE ON THE CHARACTER, ABILITY, STRENGTH, OR TRUTH OF SOMEONE OR SOMETHING OR ONE IN WHICH CONFIDENCE IS PLACED. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I JUST SAID?

Yes Ma'am

THEN WHAT IS THE PROBLEM RESTLESS SLEEPER? YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO TRUST THIS MAN THAT YOU HAVE INSTILLED ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT IN. RESTLESS, DID YOU TRUST THIS MAN BEFORE HE STARTED WORKING THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT WITH HIS NEW PARTNER?

Yes I did

THEN DON'T CHANGE THAT. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TRUST THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE. THAT IS THE THING ABOUT LOVE. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT UNCONDITIONALLY IF YOU DON'T TRUST THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE WITH. PLUS YOU ALSO HAVE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF. THIS WOMAN MAY BE BEAUTIFUL AND SMART BUT GUESS WHAT, SO ARE YOU. I HAVE NEVER SEEN YOU BEFORE BUT I KNOW THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE YOUR HEART IS BEAUTIFUL. I AM NOT SURE WHO SAID IT BUT, TO THE WORLD YOU MIGHT BE ONE PERSON, BUT TO ONE PERSON YOU MIGHT BE THE WORLD. REMEMBER THIS RESTLESS SLEEPER EVERY TIME YOUR GUY WORKS THOSE LATE HOURS. IF HE LOVES YOU LIKE YOU SAID HE DOES YOU WON'T HAVE TO WORRY YOUR HEAD OFF BECAUSE I AM SURE THE ONLY THING HE IS THINKING ABOUT IS YOU. WAS I ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT RESTLESS?

Yes Storm. You are so good at giving advice. I think that I will be able to get a good sleep tonight. Thank you so much.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PROBLEM. NOW YOU GO GET SOME REST. NEXT TIME YOU CALL UP HER YOUNG LADY USING THE NAME RESTLESS SLEEPER I WANT IT TO BE BECAUSE YOUR MAN KEEPS YOU UP ALL NIGHT, IS THAT UNDERSTOOD?

Yes Ma'am. Good Night Storm.

GOOD NIGHT TO YOU TOO SWEETHEART. THE LINES ARE OPEN AND YOU ARE FREE TO CALL AND SHARE YOU STORIES OF LOVE OR SHARE YOU PROBLEMS. EVERYONE NEEDS SOMEONE TO LISTEN EVERY ONCE AND A WHILE. I AM GOING TO SEND THIS NEXT SONG OUT TO RESTLESS SLEEPER. THIS IS SWV WITH THEIR HIT SONG 'YOU'RE ALWAYS ON MY MIND'. THIS IS WXYK ON 92.9 AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO STORM.

"Tell me that was not great advice TC." Chris said to her friend.

"I have to admit, she knows what the hell she's doing. I just can't imagine sharing my problems on the radio," replied TC.

"That is why you don't use your real name but a name that describes your situation, like Restless Sleeper. Yours would be something like Hopeless Romantic or Desperately Seeking Whomever." Chris said.

"Is that right? Who might you be if you called in?" TC asked.

"I would probably be the Blair Witch Project," replied Chris. TC started to laugh after Chris's comment. Their conversation was pretty average after that. TC told some really lame jokes and Chris had no problem telling him how lame they were and Cory and Victor took turns beating each other in pool. The night was going pretty good. Chris didn't really divulge any information about her love life or what kind of guys she goes for no matter how hard TC tried to dig. TC and Victor decided that they would walk the ladies home despite their protest. Victor just wanted to gloat some more about beating Cory more times in pool even though it was just one win over. By the time they reach Chris and Cory's house, Victor and Cory were already planning a rematch. TC and Chris just exchanged looks with each other and laughed. They said goodnight to each other and the guys made their way back to their houses. TC didn't get anywhere with Chris but he did enjoy hanging out with her tonight. Victor must've had a great time playing pool with Cory because all he talked about on the way back was the strategies he used to beat her and all the smart jive they talked back and forth to each other. When he was finally done basking in his victory, he asked TC how things went with Chris. TC told him everything from start to finish including Chris' attempt to hook him up with one of her friends. Victor told TC to stick in there and eventually a door will be opened to him. TC and Victor said goodbye to each other and TC made it to his house. He jumped in his bed and the first thing that popped in his head was Chris. When he closed his eyes to go to sleep he saw her in his dreams but he knew that's all it was, a dream. In the morning he would tell himself like all the other day before that he would approach her. There was something that stuck out in his head that he remembered hearing that DJ say tonight. She said, "sometimes all you need is a little push," but was she the push TC needed. He opened his eyes and turned the radio to her station 92.9 but she wasn't on. The song that was playing put TC in a trance. It was R. Kelly singing his song 'Half on A Baby'; TC closed his and dreamt about going half on a baby with Chris.