“So, what’s it say?” asked Gabby.
Renn held up the envelope, just out of Gabby’s reach. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
“Never mind, I can imagine,” laughed Gabby. “All I’ve heard from either of you for almost a year is mush.”
“Well, I can’t help it if we’re in love,” said Renn with a shrug. She smiled to herself as she thought about the whirlwind year she just had. She pretty much used up all the frequent flyer mileage she’d accumulated. Gabby had accompanied her a few times to the country and they had great fun, but she cherished her time alone with Wes. The envelope she was teasing Gabby with held even more excitement.
“What would you say, if I told you I was going someplace exotic?”
Gabby crinkled her brow. “I thought that envelope was from Wes.”
“It is!” Renn slapped the envelope against Gabby’s shoulder in mock outrage. “You know, your cousin has a very romantic side. He even – ”
“Lalalalala! I’m not listening!” replied Gabby, instantly putting her hands up to her ears. “I do not need to know about that side of Wes.”
“Good! I wasn’t going to tell you much anyway,” laughed Renn. “But seriously,” she leaned in closer to Gabby. “Would you have even imagined this a year ago?”
Gabby shook her head. “Not in the slightest. I mean, I love my cousin to death, but he lives such a simple life, and you’re such a city girl like me. I don’t know,” she shrugged. “You two are just a beautiful mystery. On paper, it would never work.”
“And yet, it does,” smiled Renn. “And it’s not like I’d be giving up my independence if I did decide to move out west; I’m not giving up the art world. Or you.”
Gabby sensed the conversation could turn melancholic if they didn’t veer away from talk about Renn possibly relocating. With a move she knew Renn wouldn’t be expecting, she quickly reached out and yanked the envelope out of her hand.
“Hey!” cried Renn. “Give that back!”
“Pffft, as if,” replied Gabby. She looked at Renn as her fingers slid to open the envelope. Renn did her best at trying to hide a smile, though she didn’t quite pull it off. Gabby’s eyes widen as she peeked inside.
“These are airline tickets!” she exclaimed as she pulled them out. “To the Galápagos Islands??? WTF?!?”
“I know!!” squealed Renn. “Can you believe it??”
“No, I can’t,” replied Gabby as she stared at the tickets. “For one, I didn’t think Wes had even heard of them. And two, I can’t believe my best friend is actually going to the friggin’ Galápagos Islands.” Shaking her head again, Gabby placed the tickets back in the envelope and handed it over to Renn. “Well, that’s an invitation you can’t decline.”
“Right?!” Renn tucked the envelope safely in her purse. “Now I need a new swimsuit. Hmmmm…and sandals. Probably a couple wrap skirts, too. Guess it’s time to go shopping.”
Gabby laughed. “When is it not a time to go shopping? Oh, wait – when you live in the country.”
“Then I guess we’d better get in as much now as we can,” mused Renn.
“Spoken like a true friend,” agreed Gabby. “Come on, let’s see how much damage we can do today.”
© Dahlia Ramone: March 14, 2020
This was written for Blogophilia Week 47.12 Topic: Beautiful Mystery
(1) Include a lyric by Queen (“An invitation you can’t decline” from ‘Killer Queen’)
(2) Name a color that is not well known (Independence, a medium dark shade of blue)