Hi… Hello there!
How are you?
OK, no need to be rude… Yeah, I know it’s been a long time… Yep, I’m an asshole…
I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch. You have every right not to talk to me if you don’t want to. I just hope you’re doing well.
I’m back in town…
You’re what? So, you remember me only if things go bad… I haven’t heard from you in years. You didn’t even text me for my birthday…
Believe it or not, community college professors can also be busy.
Sorry for taking a bit longer to reply.
Although not as long as you, obviously
What do you mean you’re back? Just visiting or back-back?
I arrived a couple of days ago.
Catching up with my folks and scouting for a place and an office to rent for now.
But, hopefully, it should become permanent as of next month.🙂
How come Mr. Hot Shot Big City Financial Consultant decided to go back to the Midwest? Don’t tell me Mrs. Billy Jones, a.k.a. stick-in-the-butt corporate lawyer agreed to this…
Permanent? Well, that’s a surprise!
Beth’s OK with you leaving New York?
I have no idea how she feels. For all I know, she’s thrilled.
We’ve split up a few months ago…
Is that why you’re moving back?
It’s more like the other way around.
Moving back was something I’ve had on my mind for a while.
She didn’t think it was a great idea.
And there was that other thing…
As a lawyer she must’ve been open to discussion at least?
It just sounds a bit strange...
splitting over something like that.🤔
I know your perceptivity meter is always tuned to the max but I’m shocked at how fast you got me…
Well, we did discuss it. Or more like, she tried to make me stay and win her case with some strong arguments… the way she always does.
You mean TWO very special strong arguments? 😝
Yeah, eventually, she tried those too.
Couldn’t say it worked.
I’m glad. Never really liked her.
Joking aside, I’m sorry it didn’t work out.
And thanks for making me laugh!
You’ve always known how to do that.
At your service!
So, how come you decided to abandon the Big Apple?
I thought it was your dream
It was more like Beth’s dream.
I just tagged along.
Pretty soon I realized that corporate life wasn’t for me.
But I tried. For her.
When it was her turn, she didn’t try for me…
I guess it wasn’t meant to be. And I don’t really blame her. We’ve always wanted different things.
I was just too blind to see it.
You still haven’t replied to my question.
Picked up some lawyer tactics on the way, huh?
Moving back home?
New place, new office?
What’s the deal?
Yep. I got tired of serving the big sharks.
Decided to channel my skills into something useful for a change.
I’m starting an NGO to help provide free financial advice to small local businesses.
I should say I’m impressed
Honestly, I thought you must have your
head up your ass
nose up in the air by now…
Yeah, right… Thanks for the honesty. I deserved that.
I think I did get lost for a while,
so you’re not completely wrong.
Seems like you’re trying to make it right at least.
Good for you!😊
Thanks! I didn’t mean to brag…
You tend to make me loosen my tongue more than expected. 😉
So, forget about me. How are you doing?
Still teaching Marketing I guess?
Is there a Mr. Miller also?
No, no Mr. Miller.
Thank you very much! Single life is not half as bad as they try to make you believe.
Jobwise, you’ve guessed right
And, well, I already kind of confirmed it.
I’m still at the old school.
Although the department is expanding.
Now we have a 20-year-old
teaching an Instagram Marketing class…
Hahaha. Really? There’s such a thing?
Yep, my marketing knowledge is slowly going obsolete.
But at least I try to keep up with the new stuff.
Poor Professor Jackson though… He’s completely lost 😁
Jackson?! Wow! He’s still kicking?
He must be ancient by now. During our time in college he was like over 60 already.
It must be strange… Working with someone who used to teach you the basics of SWAT analysis just 10 years ago?
At first, maybe. Over time, you get used to it.
Although… if I happen to walk into the teachers’ lounge sleepy and he’s there, I get a sudden urge to apologize for being late… 😅
Yeah, he does have this ability to make you feel uncomfortable
Remember the “wine” incident?
“Miss Miller, if we wanted to have a wine tasting, we wouldn’t have called this class Marketing Strategy!”
Haha, the bottles rolling out of your bag right in the middle of class!
The funny thing is… You wouldn’t believe me…
But now Jackson is teaching a Wine Marketing class! 🍷🍷🍷🤣🤣
NO! You’re shitting me!
I’m not. Dead serious!
You could come back and enroll 🤣
Well, maybe it was you that thought him a thing or two then.
If I remember well, we didn’t spare those bottles their faith.
And, come to think of it… that night, you kind of thought me how to drink, young lady…
Yeah… that night
We almost… You were trying to get me drunk and take advantage of me I reckon… I almost told you I…
You know, I would gladly repeat it. I miss those times.
Please, don’t go there… I've just remembered I’m still trying to be mad at you…
It won’t be the same. We are no longer young and stupid.
I’m glad we aren’t
Maybe this time it could end differently 🙊
I know where this is going…
Billy, you can’t swoop back in all of a sudden and try to use me as a rebound after your failed marriage.
It’s not fair.
I didn’t mean it like that.
I’ve always felt like we… you know
Don’t you regret at least a bit we’ve never even tried?
Always so blunt 🙃
No… have something serious.
Are you seriously starting this conversation with me over text??
I’m afraid it’d have to wait. Someone’s at the door.