Choking on his drink, Richie’s eyes got wide. “Excuse me?”
Sighing, Nikki reached her hand out and gently place it on Richie’s across the table.
“I said, I know about Jon and Dot’s divorce. I sort of overheard you two talking in his office today. I didn’t mean to hear any of it or to listen for that matter.” She could see Richie tense up instantly and she could swear there was an invisible shield between them now. “Richie relax. I’m not going to say anything to anyone. I promise.”
Pulling his hand away, Richie leaned into the back of the booth. “You swear?!”
“I swear to God Richie.” She replied softly.
Taking a deep breath, “Don’t even say anything to Jon. It’ll most likely piss him off and make him more stressed then he already is.” Shaking his head, Richie ran his hands threw his hair. In just the span of a few minutes, Nikki saw Richie’s mood change several times from happy and easy going, to on edge and defensive, to worried and tired.
“It’ll be our little secret Richie. You can trust me.”
“Thanks darlin’ .” Richie looked up and gave her a small grin of gratitude. “I really appreciate it.’
Smiling back, “Its no problem. If you need to talk or anything. I’m here.”
Just then Richie’s cell started to go off, nodding his head in response he flipped it open. “Hello?” Nikki sat there and waited for Richie to finish his conversation with the person on the other end of the phone, who to her seemed to have been Jon. “Yea…. Yea ok.. Well I’m with Nikki right now…. Yea that Nikki.” Rolling his eyes in a sarcastic tone, Richie gave Nikki an apologetic smile. “No, we just went out for a few drinks… I have a good ole Coca-Cola in my hand…. Ok DAD!… yea fuck you too Kid. I’ll call you later…. Alright.. … cya.” Flipping his phone closed, Richie looked across the table to see Nikki trying to hold back from laughing.
“And what is so funny Missy??”
“Oh just the way you talk to each other. Its quite amusing to watch ya know.” Giggling, she shook her head slightly.
Chuckling, “Yea I know what you mean. Hear that a lot from people who aren’t usually around us.”
“So what did he want?? If you don’t mind me asking?”
“Nah, I don’t mind. Said he got an idea for a song in his head and wanted me to stop by tonight.”
“Oh, well you can go. I don’t want keep you guys from working your magic on a new song.” As she reached for her drink she gave him a wink.
“He’s a big boy, he can work on it by himself for a while longer. No rush darlin’.”
A while later a cab pulled up to Nikki’s apartment. As she reached for the door she looked over her shoulder.
“Well thanks for the drinks Richie. It was nice, getting to know you a little. I had fun.”
“Your welcome, and thank you for agreeing to go with me. I had a great time too. I’ll see ya later.”
“Goodnight.” Nikki opened the door and stepped out, giving him one last smile and thank you before she closed the door. As she walked into her apartment she could hear Tim on the phone. Closing the door and kicking off her shoes and coat she made her way into the living room.
As she stepped into the openness of the living room she could see Tim pacing back and forth on the far side of the room. With an aggravated voice he said goodbye to whoever was on the phone and threw it onto the near by couch. Nikki stood there silently for a few more minutes watching him pace faster and faster from one end of the room to the other.
“Ya know, if you keep pacing like that, we’re gonna have to get a new carpet, and we’ve only been here for two months” she giggled.
Tim whipped himself around to stare at Nikki with a look of aggravation and concert on his face. “Where the hell have you been Nikki!?!?!”
Nikki was taking aback at the tone in his voice. “Uh I was at work, and then I went out for a few drinks with a.. uh.. Co-worker I guess you can call them. Why?”
Sighing, he made his way over to her and planted a kiss on her forehead. “I was worried, that’s why. When you didn’t come home when you usually do, and I didn’t hear anything I got concerned. I called your work, no one answered. I tried your cell, but it just went to your voicemail!”
Reaching into her purse, she grabbed her cell. “Oh oops I forgot to take it off silent. I’m sorry Honey, I didn’t mean to make you worry.”
“Well you could of fucking called ya know!”
“Who are you my Father!?!?! I need to call you every time I want to go out with a friend!?”
“Well it would be nice to know where the fuck my fiancé is!! Who were you with anyway?? I just got off the phone with Alex and she said she didn’t know where you were.”
Rolling her eyes, Nikki walked past Tim and headed into the kitchen grabbing a bottle of water from the fridge.
“Nikki.. Who were you with?”
“Richie! Ok!? He asked if I wanted to go out for a drink, and I said yes. Is that a crime?” Tim’s eyes got wide when she mentioned Richie’s name.
“Richie? You mean that Rockstar that was at the bar a few weeks ago with your boss?” Nikki just nodded her head. “What does he not care that your engaged or did he forget the fact?”
“Hey it was just a friendly gesture!! I had a .. somewhat bad day at work. And he thought I could use a drink or two. And he was right.”
“What happened at work?”
Shaking her head, “Nothing. Don’t worry about it. Just please Tim, lay off a little ok?”
Sighing, “Ok, I’m sorry baby. It’s just, I don’t know. Just please try to let me know what’s going on ok?” Stepping closer, Tim wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her into him, kissing the top of her head.
“Ok. Sorry I made you worry Honey. I love you.”
Leaning back to look in her eyes, “I love you too baby.”