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Fiction: Dream Girl Interlude

Fiction: Dream Girl Interlude

3:30 am why must we clash like this? I always find myself in this same spot during the late night hour after pulling night shift with my designs projects whether it’s classwork or side hustle.  Between getting into the meat and potatoes of my major, juggling my internship, and dealing with these promo teams for upcoming parties, I’ve become a busy young man.

These days I’m lucky to even catch real sleep. But that’s just all part of the process so I charge it to the game. Earlier tonight while working, I received a FaceTime call from my childhood friend Shaniece.  She’s known around the neighborhood as Nic Nic or just Nicey. She called me while I was putting finishing touches on my class project. We caught up with one another’s’ lives talking about our college escapades, goals, and endeavors. Of course, we reminisced about our childhood and how much things changed. Even though I’ve been long gone from the city for a minute, she ended up going out of state to Howard for school. From time to time she’s just as homesick just as me.  She asked me when I was coming back to city and I told her, “In due time.”

Honestly I had no clue when i was going to visit home. Even though I miss the city life, I’ve enjoyed being away at college just living and learning. I’ll come back home eventually.  Deep down, I knew I’m going to have to return home sooner or later. Eventually, we got into the topic of our love lives. It turns out Nicey ended up in a committed relationship with our mutual childhood friend, Dominic. We all had gone high school together. He somehow ended up at Howard because of track and field. I always knew they liked each other but they were too prideful with their feelings for one another. Knowing how she used to be in the past leading up to now, I’m surprised she fell in love. Little shorty used to be a savage.

She used to play niggas left and right all the time. I always told her that one day her savageness was going to catch up to her the moment she fell in love with the right nigga. She didn’t believe me but Dom had shorty all wide out and in her feelings. Started from the bottom and now here we are today ladies and gentlemen. I’m happy for her though. The tables turned when it was time for her to ask me about my love life. I told Nic Nic about my wild junior year experience with women. She knew everything, from my drunk incident with Tasha at Shenanigans to getting into a brawl at Vice Life over Nina, going out of town to Houston and messing around with my quote on quote best friend, Tatianna. It didn’t help i told her that I’m in between both Nina and Tasha without them knowing it.  “Corey g why your ass so thotty? You better than this,” Nicey said while laughing at me. I shook my head and replied, “ I promise you. Outside of first time meeting Tasha, every situation that happened was literally out of my control. Shit truly just happened. I promise,” Nic then said, “Sometimes I think you really like to tweak on hoes just because.”  I laughed and said, “It ain’t even like that shorty chill.” She laughed out loud and screamed at me, “Fuck out of here boy.” We both were laughing for a minute.

After a moment, she asked me if i will ever settle down. I paused for a moment and said, “One day. But not right now.”  She then asked, “Do you ever get tired of being a hoe jumping from chick to chick. I can’t remember the last time you was a committed one woman man.” I told her it’s been minute and that Jasmine was the closest to me being committed. “There’s way too much going on out here in my school. Hell there’s a lot of drama going on out here in New Orleans.  Too many hoes out here on dummy with these Niggas. I don’t have time or the patience to deal with whether or not my woman is still being faithful to me.”cLook shorty, i understand why. Believe me they’re the same out here at Howard. But all I’m saying isyou need to slow it down because at any rate you going to slip up,” she said. I had to cut her off quick tell her not to bring that kind of karma in my life.“ Then quit fucking around with them hoes then,” she said. I rolled my eyes and told her in a sarcastic tone, “Yes mom.”  “Yes respect me,” she said in a cocky yet silly tone. I laughed at Nicey and said, “I can’t stand you Nic Nic. She said back, “You love me though” as she proceeded to stick her tongue out. I shook my head at her as i continued to finish my project. It was quiet for a moment but then she said, “But all jokes aside though, you probably one of top guys in the neighborhood that’s most anticipated for getting a girlfriend. Its long overdue g.”

 Even though Nicey and I are really joking amongst each other, she really wasn’t lying. Out of all of the homies, I’m the one that everybody wonders when i will settle down. Everybody seen my track record when it comes to women andlet me tell you, my record is reflective to the ’96 Bulls. Sometimes when I’m out playing the field,  I stop and think to myself about settling down. I know deep down I really do want to settle down. But where do I start when it comes to finding her though? I mean of course she has to be pretty. That’s expected, but what would it take to have to be that “It” factor? I’ve never sat down and grasped this concept. I never reallythought about the typeof woman. I dealt with a lot of girls in my 22 years of living. All different kind of women. From that round the way girl to that hood girl to that typical college girl. Usually these types of questions i ask myself never really happen until that time comes. So I’m wondering since I’m asking all of these questions now, is it already that time for a new girl to appear in my life? I can’t be out here living down bad messing around with every girl I see.  I know my life is more than just that. Don’t get me wrong it’s lit. But them nights get real lonely. Sometimes when I’m working, i wish i could call up a shorty and pull up on her for that evening after working hard. But it is what it is.

Nic asked me about Alesha and I told her I haven’t talked to her in years. Alesha was technically my first Love. We met back in 6th grade during an n unexpected sleepover. We were supposed to have went all the way, but things didn’t go as planned. Not to mention me moving down south to Florida didn’t help my case either. I think about her time to time. “I think y'all should get back together,” Nic told me jokingly. I replied, “How can I do that and i don’t even know where she’s at? Is she still even in the city?” Shereplied, “Well the last time i checked somebody said she just came back to the city from New York. I’m not sure exactly how sure that is but Ill have to get up with the homies and see.” I saw that it was getting late and told Nic i had to finish the project and get some sleep. After saying out goodbyes, I went and finished up my project. By that time it was already 4am. I finally completed my project and pulled back up into the apartment. As i got ready to lay down, I was thinking about all the what if scenarios in my head with finding my future bae. I hate when my brain goes into overdrive like this, especially when it’s this late at night and this early in the morning. 

I swear I fry my brain when it comes to women to the point of overkill.  But at the end of the day, all I know is that Ill find my girl one day and on that day it will be a glorious day. Everybody will be celebrating like the Bulls won the championship. But until then, I’m asleep; as I slip away into dreamland. 

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