“So I guess you’re done with me too?” I received a text from Aaron the day after Tiana confronted him.
“I have questions, but I’ll ask them when you get back. Enjoy your trip,” I replied.
Aaron sent me three other texts after that, telling me he wasn’t going to be able to enjoy his trip and how sorry he is for dating us at the same time. I didn’t respond. Aaron’s trip was a week long and I wanted to talk to him face to face. Our relationship was new and still unofficial, but it was special.
“OK, we’ll talk when I get back,” Aaron finally concluded after my non-response.
Aaron sent me pictures and videos from his trip and I ignored those too.
When Aaron got home, he called, “Honey, I’m home!”
“What’s up?” I asked as nonchalantly as I could.
“I want to see you. When are you free?”
Aaron and I met for dinner, his suggestion. I kept things pleasant as Aaron talked about his trip. I was a vision of a non-rocking boat from the drive over, us sitting at the table, ordering, eating and by the time dessert came out, I had to break my silence.
“How did this happen Aaron? How did you end up dating the both of us?”
Aaron looked down, “I was wondering when you would mention it. I honestly didn’t mean to hurt either of you.”
“I’m not hurt. I’m confused. How do you date two girls who work together?”
“I didn’t realize you two worked together until…OK before I lie to you…” Aaron stopped short.
“Yeah, let’s not do that,” I said.
“I met you both on the same night,” Aaron started. He was referring to a gala my job throws every year. He’d been hired as a photographer. I worked through the entire party, but at the after party, I was able to let loose. That’s actually where I met him. I’d seen him taking pictures through the night and I thought he was cute, so when he approached me at the after party, I was delighted.
He smiled at me and let me know that he thought I was beautiful and wanted to get to know me. “I want to take you on dates and treat you like the queen you are,” Aaron said to me in a corner of the rooftop bar we were at. I fell for it right then and there. And Aaron lived up to his promises.
But then again, there I was sitting across from him at one of those dates and he was explaining to me how I ended up in a love triangle I didn’t want to be in. “I met her at the party and then I met you at the after party. I was ready to make you my choice, but she called and we hung out and she was cool. And so were you.”
“And when did you know we worked together?’ I asked.
Aaron hesitated. “I knew pretty early in, like a couple days, maybe a week.”
I remembered that Aaron and I spoke about my job the night we met. He’d said something about seeing me on my phone at the party every time he spotted me. I explained to him that I was working social media and it kept me on my phone for the length of the party.
“Look, I know there’s nothing I can say that will fix it. But the truth is I met two women I liked and I wasn’t sure where it was going with her. I saw that we were getting closer, so I was going to stop things with her, but I didn’t get the chance. I wanted to make things official with us after I came back…”
“And I am supposed to believe all this?” I asked, still mad.