Lucy’s in a bit of a predicament. She’s developed spine-tingling girly feelings for her married friend, Michael. If you missed the story, you can catch up here.
If you’ve been following the drama, you’ll probably remember that last week Lucy went to have dinner with Michael, and on the way there she posted this teeny-tiny, not-at-all overly-dramatic tweet on Twitter:
What she thought was a fairly innocuous comment turned out to raise a few eyebrows, with several of Lucy’s less-forgiving followers arguing strongly that she should definitely not be going out for dinner with another woman’s husband because doing so would only lead to Trouble-with-a-capital-T. (If you want to see what was said, you can do so here.)
Anyway, it turns out that if you tweet about having feelings for a married man, and you are also followed on Twitter by a chap you used to date, you can be damn sure that said former date will see the tweet and will not be best pleased about it.
I am, of course, referring to Beardy Al.
Remember Al? He’s the bearded mechanic and lifeboat volunteer who asked Lucy out via Twitter. Lucy thought Al was really sweet and pretty hot (in spite of the beard), and Al was rather keen on Lucy too. They went on several dates and it was all looking quite promising, but in spite of Al being a perfect gentleman and a bona fide action hero (with an action hero’s body), Lucy decided she wasn’t really feeling it. So rather than string him along and risk hurting him, she decided to end it. But they kept in touch sporadically via WhatsApp and Twitter, and had plans to meet up again as friends once the dust had settled.
When Al saw the ‘married man’ tweet, he was naturally a tad miffed to learn that he had actually travelled all the way to Brighton and even trimmed his beard for a woman who was harbouring strong feelings for someone else. So he messaged her.
Oh bollocks! Lucy sometimes forgets that Al still follows her on Twitter and reads all her tweets about dating other guys. Well, this is awkward, to say the least! Though they’re not seeing each other any more, so she’s entitled to carry on with her life, but still… He’s a decent guy, and she really doesn’t want to be a dick.
Lucy, apparently, has failed at this. Well done, Lucy, nicely played. Not.
Well now, there’s a question.
Lucy likes Al, as you’ll know if you’ve read the previous posts. She likes his strength and his honesty, and was charmed by his very obvious interest in her and the fact that he made zero attempts to play it cool. Not being remotely cool herself, Lucy relates hard to this. She also likes spending time with people who think she’s awesome: it’s good for her ego.
Al is a country mile from all the usual time-wasters and narcissistic fucktards she usually comes across on her dating adventures. But she and Al are polar opposites in terms of backgrounds and life experiences, they don’t have much in common, and her gut instinct tells her that it probably wouldn’t work out in the long run. She ain’t getting any younger, and she doesn’t want to waste his time or hers.
Plus, there’s the small matter of the beard. Did I mention Lucy hates beards?
Clearly Al is cross, because his messages are becoming garbled. But she thinks what he’s saying is that he doesn’t want to waste any more time on her either. He’d rather keep that free for his kids, his friends, and Other Girls. Which is fair enough. But that doesn’t give him the right to have a go at her, and, worse, to attempt to psychoanalyse her and point out all her faults – when he barely knows her. Now that, that’s not entirely cool, Al.
But Lucy also finds it interesting that after weeks of being all charming and lovely, Al’s fighting spirit is finally coming out. Well, he was in the army, after all. And he’s clearly not afraid to stand up to her – which is pretty rare. Some men appear to find Lucy a little intimidating, and while she might be pretty bloody terrifying to the type of guy who’s never had to fend off anything more scary than a house spider, she’s probably not that big a deal to someone who’s been face to face with the actual Taliban.
The man makes a good point. Clearly not an idiot. But Lucy knew that – he likes her, after all. He must be pretty bright.
Lucy feels terrible. Al’s a sweet guy and deserves to be happy. Wouldn’t life be so damn easy if she could feel what he wants her to feel?
Ok, now she’s getting a bit cross. Sod off, Al, she thinks. You don’t know me. We went on a few dates, that’s all. Bugger off with your over-thinking and your armchair psychology. Who are you, Sigmund bloody Freud?
But at the same time, as much as she disagrees with what he’s saying, Lucy is also impressed with Al. Finally, here’s a guy who has the gumption to stand up to her, and the emotional intelligence to express what he’s feeling. He really is quite special, and Lucy is 100% convinced that it won’t be long before another woman, one far more sensible than she, snaps him up.
In fact, it might even be sooner than she thought. Possibly in an attempt to prove that he is moving on and most definitely is not pining for her, Al shares some exciting news.
Seriously? Is this for real?
Lucy’s beyond delighted. An actual reader of this blog who knows Al In Real Life was so inspired by the story that she asked him out?! What could be better than that? Imagine if they were to get married because of her and her little blog?
Of course, Lucy’s not surprised. Al is the manly yet gentle and handsome army hero from tales of yore (aka this blog), and there are probably dozens of ladies out there who’d love the opportunity to track him down and ask him out if they could.
Lucy imagines Al getting married on the beach at Hastings. Maybe there will be hot army guys there in uniform. Maybe the bride will arrive over the sea by lifeboat. Lucy needs to see if she can wrangle herself an invite.
Lucy heads off to add ‘professional matchmaker’ to her CV.
NEXT TIME: people have been asking what happened with Lewis, the ‘second anniversary date’ guy. All will be revealed…