Melania and Tanner were engaged. Matt felt as if someone had punched him in the stomach although he had expected it to happen sooner or later. Joel had called him that morning to tell him. “I’m so sorry, Bro,” he had said.
“I’m happy for Mel,” he said. “She’s going to marry the man she loves.”
“Do you want me to come over and spend time with you?”
“No, but thanks for the offer.”
“All right. If you change your mind, call me.”
“I will. When’s the wedding?”
“I don’t know but it will be some time this year.”
“I’m sure they’ll understand when Cam shows up without me.”
“I’m sure they will. Kira and I feel badly about going…”
“I know, because of me but don’t be. We all want Mel to be happy, right?”
“Yes, we do.”
“It’s just not going to be with me.”
“Besides, Tanner’s a great guy. Cam likes him.”
“Yes, he is.”
“Well, Joel, I’ve to go now. Please give Kira my love and give baby Matthew a kiss for me.”
“I will. Take care, Bro.”
“Thanks. You too.” Matt hung up the phone and grabbing his keys, he left the unit. He needed a breath of fresh air. Perhaps a walk would do him some good. He wasn’t in the mood to go riding.
And here, he was now, in the elevator on his way down to the lobby. Leaning against the panel, he thought about how his life hadn’t turned out the way he had hoped. He seemed to have bad luck with women. Twice he had fallen in love and twice he had been burned. No more relationships–at least, not for a very long time. He was going to focus on Cam. Cam needed him. He was spending the weekend with Matt’s parents because Gina had called to say that she wasn’t feeling well. He suspected that it had to do with the news of Tanner’s and Melania’s engagement.
The elevator doors opened and he stepped out. It was a pleasant day although the sun wasn’t shining. All day, it had been playing hide and seek. A slight breeze was blowing. People were out and about as usual. Nobody wanted to be cooped up indoors when they could be out walking or eating out. He decided that he would go North on Yonge Street.
“Matt?” a voice called out to him.
He turned. It was Anna. This was the second time in a long time they had run into each other. “Hello,” he said.
“No bike today?” she asked.
He shook his head. “No. I prefer to walk instead.”
“Mind if I join you?”
“No, not at all.”
“I just came from Bayview Village. It’s too bad that Indigo isn’t there anymore. I used to love going there and just browse.”
“Joel misses it too. He’s a bit of a bookworm and could spend hours and hours in a bookstore.”
Anna smiled. “I’m like that too. I love to read when I’m not busy making things or jogging or watching TV.”
“Do you live close by?”
“Actually, I live at Northtown Way.”
“That’s at Yonge and Finch.”
“Yes. It’s a nice area much like here. As a matter of fact, I’m in this area every week because I’m taking Mat Pilates and Zumba classes at LA Fitness which is just up ahead.”
“I’ve been meaning to go there to see what they have to offer.”
“You should definitely check it out. They also have the LA Fitness Kids Klub. So, Cameron can play and take part in activities with other kids while you work out.”
“Sounds good. I’ll look into it. Thanks.”
“You’re welcome. Would you like to pop into Yonge Cafe & Bistro for a little while? They serve really good Lattes.”
Matt shrugged. “Sure.” They were just going to sit in the café, have a couple of Lattes and then, either continue with their walk or go their separate ways. Not a big deal.
They continued walking until they came to the café and they went inside. They got their lattes and then found a table outside where they sat, talking as they walked people go by.