Vadim

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It was my lunch break and I was at the manufacturing company where my brother, Ralph worked. I was waiting out at the back for him when I noticed a guy standing there. He was very good-looking and was staring at me. I felt flattered and self-conscious.

“Hi,” I said.

“Hi,” he said. “Are you waiting for someone?”

“Yes, Ralph.”

“Is Ralph your boyfriend?”

“No, no. He’s my brother. I’m treating him to lunch today.”

“Oh. I didn’t know that Ralph had a sister.” He walked over to me. Holding out his hand, he said, “I’m Vadim.”

“And I’m Leana.”

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Leana.”

“So, how long have you been working here?”

“For three years.”

“Are you Russian or Ukrainian?”

“Ukrainian.”

“I always have trouble telling them apart.”

He smiled. “To non-native speakers and for those not familiar with the language, they can sound the same. They are roughly similar but Ukrainian has more soft consonants.”

“Do you live far from here?”

“No. It takes me about an hour to get here. I’m thinking of moving but not because I want to be closer to the office. In the building where I live it’s icy and hot–icy during the winter and hot during the summer.”

“That’s terrible. I once lived in a building where everyday there seemed to be second floor fiascos. I couldn’t stand it so I moved out. I have a corner unit and it’s on the top floor of a low-rise building. There’s a park nearby and lots of amenities. The landlord said that there’s a vacancy coming up next month. The unit is on the second floor. If you like, I can take you to the office and you can speak to her instead of going through a real estate agent.”

“That would be nice, thank you.”

“Great. Here’s my number and here’s the address. I will speak to the landlord this evening. Call me around seven.”

“I will. Thank you, Leana. I really appreciate this.” He took the card and put it in his wallet which was tucked snugly in the back pocket of his jeans.

“It’s my pleasure, Vadim.” He seemed like a really nice guy so she was happy to help him.

“Leana, do you have a boyfriend?”

She shook her head. “No, I’m single. What about you?”

“Yes, I’m single.”

Just then, Ralph showed up. He looked from one to the other. Then, he hugged Leana. “Vadim, Leana and I are going to the Jerk Pit. Do you want me to bring you back anything?”

Vadim grinned and reached for his wallet. “The usual,” he said, taking out a five dollar note and handing it to him.

“All right, two Jamaican patties. I’ll be back in an hour.”

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“Enjoy your lunch. It was really nice meeting you, Leana.”

“It was nice meeting you too, Vadim.”

As they walked away, Ralph said to her. “He’s a really nice guy.”

“And single too,” she replied with a wink. And they both laughed.

That evening, she went to see the landlord in person and he agreed to have Vadim see the unit. At precisely 7 o’clock, Vadim called her and she told him that they would see the unit the following evening at six-thirty. He was very pleased. They spoke for while. By the time she hung up, it was almost 9 o’clock.

She went to see the unit with Vadim and he liked it. The landlord gave him the rental application form to fill out and said that he would be in touch. A couple days later, Vadim got a call informing him that his application was approved and he could move into the unit by the end of the month. To celebrate, he took Leana out for dinner.

Ralph and Leana helped him to move in and after they were done, they ordered Thai take in. Leana and Vadim began dating. And one evening when they were having dinner with Ralph and his wife, Elaine, they announced their engagement.

Posted for November 2020 Writing Prompts – #13 – Icy hot; 4 – Second floor fiascos

Source: Apartment Guide

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