So besides the comfortable, intimate nights we’d have at his place, The Scientist and I were going on impromptu outings, and he was learning some of my darkest secrets (though, in retrospect, he didn’t quite share as many details about his life as I did). He was also asking a lot of questions about The Ex which kinda weirded me out, but I couldn’t help but bring him up in conversation considering he was a part of my entire adult life up until now.
Our next night out after the Associate Board Gala was after work when I was on my way home from running errands. I was hungry and wanted a drink with dinner, so I texted The Scientist and invited him out with me. I was super excited to see him, but his homebodiness was taking over and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go out. So I told him he had two train stops to make up his mind. But he said drinks are his weakness (more specifically gin, which I read on social media means you have psychotic tendencies), and he told me to meet him at his place so he could finish getting ready.
He answered the door in his underwear as he usually did with his long beautiful hair all swept up in a bun. He finished getting ready, and I grabbed my bag and we headed out. We ate some delicious sliders and had a couple drinks and when it came time to pay, he got out his wallet to split the bill as we’d done the time before. I told him it was on me because I’d invited him out. Then I quickly followed up by telling him that this was not a date because I wasn’t ready for a date with anyone. He understood and suggested that we get another drink on him. So we headed to the new arcade bar next door and sipped on some cocktails before heading to the back of the bar to play games.
Once in the back, he asked me if I’d ever played Killer Queen to which I responded no. It’s a group game with two teams. Ironically, 5 seconds later, these random people asked us if we wanted to play. The next thing we knew, we were playing this game with a dozen strangers and having a blast! I didn’t even know there were that many people in this bar at the time! And one girl on our team actually recognized me. It took us a minute, but then we figured out that she was an intern under The Ex. *side eye
We had a great time, even though some guy from the other team came to help us win and hated that we lost every time. We literally only won like twice out of 10 games. But none of us cared. We were only having fun. The Scientist was so much fun and so laid back. Then when it was time to leave, I told him I just had to grab my bag. He then proceeded to ask me why I even brought it with me as if to say, “aren’t you spending the night?” And of course this thrilled me. And then we went back to his place and made love and chilled as I played with his hair and he told me to “get out his kitchen.” A term I heard for the first time with him. Yes, my chosen family is mostly comprised of black folks, but that don’t mean I know everything about black culture. Hell, I don’t know everything about gay culture. Or British culture (my dad is a Brit). While lying there, I also admired his numerous tattoos. In fact, during our 3 month tenure, he got a huge new tattoo outlined on his stomach. It was a portrait that I’d jokingly make out with. He thought I was so extra! Or, as I’ve stated before, I prefer the term histrionic!
I was so excited to see the progress of this tattoo as the weeks would go on. But the Scientryst would soon come to an explosive end, and I didn’t even see it coming…