Can’t tell you what made me look up or why. I just know that we made eye contact and for the first time in more than a year he was sitting at the bar again.
He nodded at me, I nodded back and gave him his beer.
Two swigs and a deep sigh later he smiled at me but didn’t say anything.
“You just visiting? Last time you were here you said you had moved?”
I watched something flash in his eyes and tried to figure out what it was I had just seen.
“Moved there and now I moved back. I live here again…for now.”
In between a couple more swigs he told me that it had been a good move and that he had moved back for work but would consider going back there again.
I didn’t want to pry into his business but I was curious to find out what had happened with his mystery girl. When I asked he just looked up at me and smiled.
“Did she move back with you?”
“Nope? What makes you ask? I didn’t say if I ever talked to her, let alone saw her.”
“Uh, I don’t know. When you smiled I got the feeling that things worked out for you.”
“Things always work out, if you let them.”
I looked at him but I couldn’t figure out what he meant when he said that. It could have been a statement or it could have been a question. I figured after all this time it wouldn’t hurt to ask him what it meant.
“It means what it means. Things work out. Everything has a resolution of some sort or another.”
He smiled at me and I asked him if that meant there were plans for the future.
“Rick in Casablanca says he never plans that far in the future or something similar. That is good advice.”
I didn’t appreciate his tone and told him so.
“After all this time you could do me the courtesy of just answering the question.”
“Sometimes there is no answer. I got nothing more to tell you about it today. ”
He smiled at me, paid for his drink and then left a five dollar tip and walked out the door.
As the door closed I realized that I still didn’t know much of anything. Couldn’t say if he had seen the mystery girl nor did I have any clue if they had any sort of relationship at all. Part of me didn’t really care, wasn’t my business and it wouldn’t affect me at all if they never talked again or if they got married.
Still I couldn’t help but be curious so I made a mental note to ask about her again. As I wiped down the bar I heard him tell me that things work out if you let them and tried not to wonder how to interpret it.