Colin put the finishing touches on his face and checked his look in the mirror once more. He was getting quite good at this he decided. He got dressed and saw that he needed to take his belt in another notch. Perhaps he should start eating a bit more. While the weight loss backed up his story he didn’t want to turn them off by being too thin. He practiced his pained expression a couple of times and he was good to go.
His Mercedes was gleaming, his suit was fine but understated and he was ready for action. He put the top down and let the air wash over him. A little ruffling of the hair just added to his look. He pulled up in front of his favourite club and tossed the keys to the valet. As he went inside he remembered to slow his gait and hunch his shoulders a bit. It always paid to be in character right away. You never knew who was watching.
He looked around to make sure none of his previous conquests was in attendance. He always had a backup plan but he needed to be aware. The coast was clear so he found a booth unattended and sat down and ordered a club soda. It was show time.
As his drink arrived he spotted two women dancing together, both of them hot. He hadn’t managed a duo yet, though he’d come close once. Maybe tonight would be the night. He caught the eye of one of them and saluted her with his drink then put it down and put on his best glum face and stared at the table.
It worked a treat. He saw her whisper something in her friend’s ear and when the music stopped they sauntered past his table trying to look casual. The one who’s eye he had caught looked over her shoulder and he gave her a wan smile. She turned and approached.
“Hi. You look so sad sitting her all alone. Are you alright?”
“Oh, hi. Yeah, I guess. Um, my name’s Colin. Could I buy you ladies a drink? I mean, unless you’re busy…”
They looked at each other and slid into the booth opposite him. He had to work hard not let a self-satisfied smirk cross his face.
“So, Colin, why so sad? My name is Cyndi by the way. This is Eileen.”
Eileen smiled and gave a small wave. He was captivated instantly.
“Hello Cyndi, hello Eileen. Oh, it’s not that I’m sad, it’s just…well, I’m not well. Never mind, how are you two tonight?”
“I’m doing great Colin”, Eileen offered. “What do you mean you’re not well? Did you eat something bad?”
He waved his hand in dismissal but he could see she had taken the bait. “Oh, it’s…I shouldn’t have said anything. I hate to shock.”
Cyndi smiled and patted his hand. “It’s okay. I mean, we don’t know you, but you just look like you could use someone to talk to. It’s okay, we’re good listeners.”
This just keeps getting easier, Colin thought. Might as well get the ball rolling. “Okay, well, the truth is, I have cancer. There, I’ve said it. I hope I haven’t killed the conversation.”
They both widened their eyes and formed their mouths into circles. Colin felt himself stir in anticipation and shifted in his seat.
Cyndi was the first to speak. “Oh my god, Colin, I’m so sorry. Is it…you know…”
He nodded his head and put on his best brave face. They ate it up. It was going to be a wonderful night.
Part 2 Tomorrow