NIGHTCLUB - A LITTLE LATER
Paddy, what's wrong?"
Dane asked as he walked up to him and slapped him on
the back. He quickly took a seat next to his best friend at the bar and
ordered a gin and tonic from the bartender. "You sounded upset on the
understatement." Patterson looked down at his drink and sighed.
He'd been sitting there nearly an hour staring at the same drink. Throwing
back a few cocktails had seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, the
point of it all was eluding him.
"Well, I knew it was
important when you called me at work." Dane took a sip of his
drink. "You know I'm not allowed personal phone calls at the
plant. For you to call me there, I knew it had to be serious. So,
what's wrong? What's got you down?"
"Oh, a lot of everything,
I guess." Patterson sighed again and swirled his drink. He took
another sip, only his second in the past 15 minutes, and let out another sigh.
"Okay, Paddy, you've got
to tell me what's wrong if I'm gonna help you." Dane grabbed
Patterson's arm and turned to face him. "I'm your friend. You
know you can talk to me."
Patterson finally spoke. "She left me."
How? Why?" Dane rubbed his chin as Patterson's
announcement began to sink in. "Oh, Paddy, I'm really sorry.
I-I thought things were going so well between you two. What
"Honestly? I'm not
sure myself." Patterson leaned back into his chair and folded his
arms across his chest. "I thought things were going pretty good,
too. I know she's been really moody and snippy lately, but I never
expected this to happen. She hasn't been feeling well, I know
"Yeah, you told me about
how she passed out after the wedding." Dane shuddered slightly as he
thought of his marriage to Sara. He smirked slighted as he mused to
himself that the only thing that had been missing was a shotgun.
"She says that was
nothing. Supposedly the doctor told her it was only from exhaustion and
stress." Patterson swallowed hard and took a deep breath.
"Dane, Lorraine's getting married."
Dane's jaw dropped in response to the surprising revelation. "To
who? I can't believe this!"
"You can't believe
it? How do you think I feel?" Patterson quickly looked
down at his hands that lay on the bar. He was trying not to let it all get
to him, but he really wasn't doing a very good job. "She's marrying
"Okay, now I'm really
confused." Dane reached up and scratched his head and tried to piece
together any and all possible reasons why Lorraine would want to marry someone
she'd never even been romantically involved with. "Why Douglas?"
"So, now you're here
trying to drown your sorrows, huh?"
"Well, it seemed like a
good idea at the time." Patterson looked at his nearly full drink and
frowned. "Now I'm not really seeing the point. What good will
that do? Is it going to bring Lorraine back? Is it going to change
"Paddy, it's going to be
alright." Dane reached over and patted him on the shoulder.
"I'm sure she's going to come to her senses and realize she's making a
mistake. You know as well as I do that she can be a little impetuous
sometimes. She's a woman of extremes. Either she grabs hold of an
idea on impulse without really thinking about it, or she over thinks things to
the point of obsession."
nodded his agreement. "And...well...actually, there's something else
that's been bothering me, too."
Patterson quickly glanced at Dane as he contemplated confiding in him.
Finally, he took a deep breath and spoke again. "Well...I sort of did
something a little impetuous, myself. It really surprised me. Now,
I'm having all of these conflicting feelings. I just don't know what to
make of them."
"Okay, well tell me what
you did." Dane looked at him curiously and prepared for the worst.
"I kissed Stephanie
Dane's jaw dropped again as he
ran his hands through his hair. Had Patterson lost his mind?