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  • How you managed to get my number? I don't know. Why you did? I'm still unsure.
    But you're in town and out with your brother so, why not?

    We awkwardly say "hi" and I'm happy to see you, just as I remember you, fondly. As a group we chat, laugh then pair off to dark corner and pick up where we left off.

    I look at you, smile and build up courage enough to ask, "What are you doing?"
    You reply, " I don't know."
    "Aren't you happy with her?"
    "Yes, but no, not really."
    "Then why are you with her?"
    "It's complicated."
    I feel my eyes roll in my sockets, such famous last words! I reply, "well THIS, isn't going to help un-complicate things."
    "I know, I just like being around you."
    I resign to the truth and admit "I like being around you too."

    We continue to chat and out of the corner of my eye I see my best girlfriend and your brother kissing. Looks like they are set for the night.

    The bar closes and I attempt to say good-bye but you ask, "Can I come back to yours? My brother has company at his."
    I look at you skeptically and ask, "Are you sure that's a good idea?"
    What you said next was either naivety or desperation, "Yes, nothing will happen, I promise."
    So I reply, "It's not me in the sticky situation, it's you. Make promises to yourself."

    We catch a taxi back to my apartment and sit in my room on my bed and keep talking. It so easy with you, to talk, to interact, to laugh. In that moment, I'm glad you are next to me, if for nothing more than good company.

    Just before sunrise you look me in the eyes, I see sorrow but I also see hope. You then kiss me and all without me knowing at the time, all the sorrow and hope in your eyes, leaks to my heart.

    Later that morning you are on a plane back to Melbourne.
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