I got back home after a week of work and travel. I threw the bags on the bed and took the tie off. I didn’t see my roommate Bobak. His bedroom door was closed. As I got closer, I could hear him arguing with Zari, his girlfriend. By now, I was used to the arguments. He wanted to have sex, she didn’t, well kind of, not regularly! She wanted him to meet her parents, he didn’t. He just wasn’t ready for that kind of an escalation in the relationship.
I sat in the kitchen, looked at the view and tried to relax. After a while, Bobak came out of his room. He must have heard me. “Guess what? Zari wants to fix you up with her best friend Shideh. But act like you don’t know anything about it!” Bobak whispered. “Spare me man! You are already suffering enough for both of us! If she is anything like Zari, I don’t want anything to do with it!” I replied half jokingly. “On the contrary! She joined us for dinner a couple of nights ago. She is a lot of fun, nothing like Zari! She works at the Clinique counter at Nordstrom.”
Zari came out of the bathroom a few minutes later. She gave me that shy and innocent look. She always worried about what I thought of her. “I found you a nice date if you promise to be a good boy!” “I am the son of Prophet Mohammad! Is she hot?” “She is my best friend, so you better behave!” We set a double date for the following night at Ciao Bella. Zari had already done the background work!
Shideh was already there when we arrived. I love women who are on time! She had tight, black leather pants and high heels on. She looked great! I wanted to kiss Zari and thank her! The gates of heaven had opened and the gods above were smiling at me! What have I done to deserve this?
Bobak and I sat on one side, the girls on the other side. Zari was watching me trying to figure out if I liked her friend. I kept a poker face! ‘So, what do you do?” Shideh asked me. “I get on a plane every Monday with my laptop and do a few PowerPoint presentations!” She looked confused; she didn’t know what PowerPoint was! “I tell people what to do!’ I said. “And they pay you for that?” She wasn’t convinced! I loved her! So simple! She was impressed by my resume; I was impressed by her potential!
We went to my place after dinner. I turned on the fireplace and played Coltrane’s Days of Wine and Roses. Bobak and Zari disappeared into his room; more negotiations and arguments! Shideh was taken by the view! We kissed and watched the traffic on the bridge.
“Can I give you a massage to ease the pain on your back? You must have been standing all day. I’ve been to Japan a few times. Japanese are the masters of shiatsu!” I said with a straight face. “Sure” she said. In a few minutes she was half naked! “Let’s go to your room. I don’t want them to see me naked in the middle of the living room!” Shideh said.
She lied down on my bed completely naked. I couldn’t get my eyes off the dimples on her lower back. “Do you have to smile to get the dimples on your butt, or they are always like that?” She slapped my arm and said, “You are crazy! I don’t usually date Iranians! Are you guys all like this?”
There was something very special and familiar about her. I promised myself not to screw this one up like some other relationships! She wrapped her body around me like a warm blanket. Things got hot very quickly. Then she whispered quietly into my ear
منو سفت بکن
با من حرف بزن، نمیخوام فقط صدای نفس هاتوبشنوم
Around one o’clock she got up and got dressed. “Where are you going? Why don’t you stay here? I’ll make you breakfast in the morning.” “I live with my mom. I can stay out as long as I want, but I have to sleep at home. She is very strict!” I walked her to her car and told her that I would call her from Dallas in the middle of the week.”
I couldn’t get her out of my mind all week. On Saturday another double date, then back to the house and another 1 AM departure! I was on cloud nine! Everything looked so good, so effortless. This went on for over a month. I was thinking about buying her a present. So I went to Victoria’s Secret in Dallas and bought her a sexy lingerie and FedExed it to her work overnight. The next evening she called and thanked me. I couldn’t wait till the weekend to see her in the lingerie.
The next day I told my client that I had a family situation and had to leave. Everyone was worried for me! I rescheduled my meetings, changed the flight, the hotel and the rental car and rushed to the airport. I got home, jumped in the shower and left the front door open for her. When I got out of the shower, she was standing there in her lingerie. What a sight! The lingerie stayed on her for less than 10 seconds! Afterwards, we laughed about how I changed my meetings, my flight, the hotel and the rental only to see her in the lingerie for less than 10 seconds. She slapped my arm and said that I was crazy!
Over the weekend she asked me if I could pick her up at her house. I was hoping that her mom wouldn’t be there. But there she was, sitting in the living room. I was on my best behavior. She gave me a one-second, head-to-toe look that only Iranian mothers are capable of doing. It was like an MRI or a full-body scan. Later in the car, Shideh laughed and said, “My mom liked you. She thinks that you are a nice guy!”
After about three months of doing the same things on the weekends, I got busy with other things and she wasn’t around on a couple of the weekends so we didn’t see each other for a while. The next time that I saw her was for my birthday. She brought me a cake. We both pretended that everything was the same, but it wasn’t. Her body didn’t feel the same. Another month passed and we didn’t call each other. So on one quiet Saturday afternoon, I called her to say hi and see if she wanted to go out. She sounded serious.
“I am getting married next month!”
“You are? Who is the lucky guy?” I tried to sound cool.
“He is a distant relative on my mom’s side. He lives in another state. He came here a few times. We went out and then he asked me to marry him.”
“Are you going to invite me to your wedding? Just tell them that I work with you at Nordstrom!”
“You are crazy!”
“You are going to get married and disappear just like this? Why don’t we go to your favorite sushi place and see each other for last time?” She agreed.
I met her at the sushi place the next day for lunch. She was not as care free and fun as usual. After lunch as we were walking towards her car, I asked her if she wanted to come to my place and spend some time with me. She gave me a sweet smile, hugged me, kissed me on the cheek, got into her car and drove away and I knew that I will never see her again.