It feels a little insensitive to be posting about my relationship while there are people now posting on the blog who are -- essentially -- me, two years ago.
But I'm not that person anymore, and I can't promise any of you will be in two years, and I certainly can't promise any of you will be where I am in two years. Truthfully, I hope you all get your bodies back, and that if you can't, well, you would be very lucky to enjoy your lives as much as I do mine.
What I'm saying is, if you're new to this... maybe skip this entry. I'm supportive, but I do live my own life.
And that life has taken me into the awkward early phases of my nice new relationship.
We fumbled a bit on the follow-up. I'm used to being the girl now so I just expected he would call me, and I kept having to remind myself "Okay, he's just waiting a few days," like all guys do. But I was hoping he would skip over that because we're friends already, we're close, we should be past that.
I mean hell, right? This isn't some blind date, this isn't meeting and flirting and playing a game of who can seem cooler and make the other one want you. Right? We should both know the deal. We're us. We should be solid. But somehow, we can't get around the communication difficulties.
So Raine, still house sitting for her parents, hosted the annual pool party. I invited Mae along, but she pointed out that Raine's younger brother was her ex, and that might not be a great scene. Fair enough. I let her have the apartment for the day. In the end it was a smart idea, because Ed was there with a girl and I didn't want to see Mae's reaction to that.
I had asked Alex along too of course, and he gave me a strange wishy-washy answer. It's always hard to get him to come out to events involving Raine, Danny and others. I don't know why. I try to incorporate him into the whole group of friends, but he's resisting. So just as I'm ready to get mad at him, he says he promises to show up, later.
This was an irritating compromise, but I went with it, muttering angrily to myself. It feels like there's still a lot I don't know about his life or what he's doing when I'm not around. I try to push that out of my mind, not to be a clingy girlfriend or anything but I have a right to know, don't I?
So I got there around 1 in the afternoon and spent much of the day snacking and lying poolside in my bikini, wishing I had a man to lavish attention on me while I fine tune my tanlines and people horse around in the pool, including much of our social circle, Sara and Thom, and a few people I should know better by now but haven't made an effort, people left over from the original Tori's life.
We drank, we ate, I avoided going in the pool because I wasn't having much fun and just wanted to relax. Eventually I got pretty drunk and fell asleep. By the time I woke up, it was sundown, everyone had moved inside to dry off and eat more.
Alone in the backyard, I decided to dip my toe in the pool. It was nice. I walked over to the diving board and leaped in feet first. Very refreshing.
I pulled myself out and did a few more dives. It was in the course of this that my bikini top came... untied. Maybe my dives were just too intense.
I decided, hell, I'm alone out here, why not? I fished my top out and slung it onto the pool side and began doing topless laps.
Just then, I heard the gate open, and who should appear but the man himself, Alex.
I immediately pushed myself up against the edge of the pool to coyly guard my bare chest. "Well look who finally decided to show up?"
"Just like I said I would," he said with a smirk.
"Why not dive in? Water's nice."
"Oh I don't know..." he said, "I just ate a few hours ago, and they say you're supposed to wait 12 hours after eating to prevent cramps."
I laughed, "I think you got that turned around."
"Maybe. Why are you alone?"
"I keep asking myself the same question, especially when I'm supposed to have a boyfriend."
"Ooh, good one."
"If you see him, let him know I'm waiting."
"Maybe he just doesn't like swimming."
"Does he likes these?" I asked and backed away from the wall to give him a peek.
"Then maybe he should come in and get a better look."
"Or maybe he could wait for her to come out..." and with that, he picked my bikini top up by the strings and flung it further away from the pool.
I screamed out, "You jerk! Now I'm never coming out."
"Well then you're gonna get all pruney."
Slowly, I pulled myself up onto the ledge and let him get a good look at me. "Happy now?"
"I can tell," I said, looking down at the bulge in his shorts.
I was shivering, so I pressed myself against him. As he went to kiss me, I held my hands against his chest...
And pushed him right into the pool. Shoes, jeans and all.
He stayed under for a moment, then when he finally surfaced, started splashing, crying out, "I can't swim, I can't swim!"
A moment of panic seized me and I jumped back in the pool. "Don't struggle!" I said, pulling him back over to the shallow end. "You can stand now. Is that better? Oh, God I'm so sorry."
"Yeah, yeah," he gasped. "I mean, don't worry... I was a lifeguard." He said with an evil grin.
"You asshole!" I dunked him down under the water. He struggled a moment, then started tugging at my bottoms. That was when I let go and raced over to the deep end.
He followed, unbuckling his wet pants and tossing them and his shirt over to the poolside area. When he came over to me, I was ready to stop playing. We started to kiss, floating in the water. With the water, he gave my boobs a really authentic motorboat. Things were going even further when I heard the back door slide open.
Raine appeared before us. "Sorry to interrupt... but there's big news. Thom and Sara just got engaged!"
I stopped what I was doing and pulled myself out of the pool. "Oh my God I'm so embarrassed, Raine would you hand me my towel?"
Without averting her eyes from me, she chucked a towel my way. "Jeez, Tori, such a show off."
I dried off and went in to congratulate it. It was such a weird moment, because I've known them and loved them since I became Tori, I've seen the entire span of their relationship... in fact, it was at Raine's house that I walked in on them having sex before they even had a relationship!
But for the rest of the night I was quiet. As much as I enjoy my life, I wonder what's going to happen down the road. Suddenly all the stability I thought I had was shaken up because I realize I can't go on like this forever. Tori's only 24, but I'm nearly 30 and I just... well I need to go back to enjoying what my life is like today instead of worrying about the future.
I was a bit quiet. I let Alex drive me home and asked if he wanted to come up. He declined, but I reminded him that having a girlfriend means you should want to spend more time with her. He said sorry for being awkward about it, and agreed to come up, but we didn't do anything by watch a movie on the couch and make out some. Mae was already asleep. He went home around 1.