Yasmeen’s Advice and Invitation

Yasmeen was on her way up to her flat when she spotted Jozsef sitting on the steps. They met and became friends soon after he moved in. She sat down on the opposite side so that people would be able to pass. “Hi, Jozsef.”

He glanced at her. “Hi.”

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s my brother’s wedding anniversary this Sunday and my parents throwing a surprise dinner party but I don’t think I will go.”

She looked at him in surprise. “Why not?”

“Well, I’ve told you how things are between my sister-in-law and me since I broke up with Jillian. She’s still upset with me.”

“She needs to get over that.”

“Yes, I agree. And so does my brother.”

“Is your sister-in-law a religious woman?”

“I think so. They go to church every Sunday.”

“A person going to church every Sunday doesn’t make him or her religious. I know of people who are saints on Sundays but devils during the rest of the week. I’m not saying that your sister-in-law is a hypocrite but if she is a Bible believer, she should apply what it teaches about forgiveness and letting go of grudges.”

“I still don’t understand why she should be holding any grudge against me. Granted, I may not have handled things the way I should have but that’s no reason for her to get so bent out of shape. She’s almost behaving as if she’s the one I broke up with and not Jillian.”

“You might have something there. Maybe she went through the same thing as Jillian. Why don’t you go over to the house one evening and talk to her? Ask her why she’s still so upset with you? Maybe something else is at the heart of this issue and whatever it is, it is affecting your relationship with her and it could also affect her relationship with your brother if it isn’t resolved.”

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“All right. I will ask Sandor when is a good time to stop by.”

“Good. Have you had dinner as yet?”

He shook his head. “No, I haven’t even been to my flat as yet. I came straight here after parking my car. Why?”

“Okay. You’re invited to have dinner with me this evening. It will be ready by the time you go home, change and stop by.”

He smiled. “Thanks, Yasmeen. I can do with the company and I don’t fancy having Hungarian Goulash a second evening in a row.”

“For dinner, you’ll have Jollof rice, a Nigerian dish. Afterwards, we can watch something while we snack on something Chewy n cheesy.”

“Sounds good to me.”

She stood up. “All right. I’ll see you in half-hour.” And she was gone.

He sat there for a while longer and then, he went up to his flat to shower and change.

Posted for December 2020 Writing Prompts – #27 – Chewy n cheesy

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