Once upon a time there was a girl named Libby. Libby was a hardworking single mom. She made friends easily with her genuine personality and quick wit. Most of her co-workers were drawn to her office every morning, just to say good morning or make small conversation about work, politics, kids, etc.
Libby was always polite. Even when she was busy, she'd take a few minutes to lend a sympathetic ear or a kind word of encouragement or advice...and from time to time join in on a political rant or professional vent. After working with the same people for over 12 years, they were all like family. They'd all watched each others kids grow up. Marriages crumble. They'd all suffered through the economic hard times together. It forms a type of bond...not exactly friendship, but similar.
This story begins with Libby telling her co-worker, Bruce about her weekend. "Yeah, I was some how suckered into having a house full of 13 year old girls AND boys!! It was like babysitting a bunch of 3 year olds. Thank GOD I don't have a basement!!! There is no telling what kind of shenanigans would've taken place if they'd been out of my sight for any length of time." Bruce is 40ish and an only child with no kids of his own, but he tries to relate to the situation and offer advice, but it comes out "Blah, blah, blah." Libby is kind hearted and feigns interest, but she'd really rather Bruce stick to the subjects he's actually knowledgeable about...like work, politics, cars, whatever.
Fast forward a couple of weeks. Libby had taken a few days off for spring break and was finally back in the office. She was just going about her business, trying to get caught up. When Bruce stops by her office and mentions that he and his Guatemalan fiance (that he met at a gaming expo) have decided to go their separate ways or that he has anyway and she's not exactly happy about it. Libby, being the sympathetic ear that she's always been, says "Well, if it's not there...it's not there. It's better to call it quits now, rather than after you've walked down the aisle and popped out a couple of babies. Trust me!! That makes it much more difficult." Bruce says "Yeah, that conversation really didn't go well. She's been a little crazy lately anyway." Libby went on to tell him that she doesn't do crazy. She'd rather be single for the rest of her life than to be with another crazy person...EVER!! "Besides I'm way too busy to date anyway and I'm 100% happy with my life just the way it is." Bruce says "Well if you're ever interested in going to the basement let me know." Libby is beyond confused. "Huh, what are you talking about?" Bruce just says "never mind" and walks away.
Libby shrugs it off and gets back to work...and doesn't give the conversation a second thought. But apparently Bruce felt the need to clarify. By this point Libby is drowning in work orders & reports...and is attempting to hide her mild irritation at the continued interruptions. Bruce is AGAIN standing at Libby's office door. "Sorry, obviously you had no idea what I was talking about. I was referencing our conversation about the kids getting into trouble in the basement." It all starts to click and Libby swallows a little bit of throw up. SHIT!!! "Oh..." "I know you were just pretty clear about not being interested in dating right now, but if you ever change your mind let me know. There's just always been something about you that I find very intriguing." Libby was a deer in headlights. This came so far out of left field that she wasn't even watching the same game!! "Ummm, okay." Bruce says "If nothing else, you can just take it as a compliment and nothing else. No big deal." "Okay, well then thank you." And he walks away and AGAIN she tries to make some progress with pile of work that had stacked up for her in her absence.
To be continued.... here