My friend Jake recently started dating
someone named Tina - they're both in their late 30's and eager for a family, so the relationship
has gone pretty fast. They also seem to be a great match for each other - I'm really happy for Jake
DH and I were over there a few nights ago and met Tina for the first time. Tina also had her best friend Kelsey there, and Kelsey told such a fantastic story about how she met Jake that I had to paraphrase it here
I can't quite do it the storytelling justice she did, but here goes:
Tina only just finished moving into her new house, so when she and Jake went out of town for Christmas, she asked Kelsey to check on it for her if she got the chance. She doesn't have any pets or houseplants yet, so "checking on it" was mostly just taking in the mail, flipping lights, etc. Kelsey was excited because she had been dying for a chance to use Tina's new fancy whirlpool hot tub
Tina said go ahead, and to come in through the garage because the lock on the back door to the garage was broken but the house key would be in a flowerpot inside the garage.
As it transpired, Kelsey had a really stressful week and didn't make it over to Tina's house until that Saturday night. By then she was sick of having family visiting and was dying to come try the hot tub. Even though she knew Jake and Tina would be coming back the next day, she decided she really ought to come over and take a nice soak and double-check that everything was okay.
She got to the house, thinking about the hot tub - oh, it was nice of Jake to leave his car in the driveway to make the house look like someone was home! She trotted around to the back door, let herself into the garage, and flipped on the light. There was a flowerpot, but no key. And nothing else in the garage that looked like it could have been a flowerpot containing a key. Kelsey started poking around just in case it was somewhere else when she heard a sound in the house.
Now, the way she tells it, she heard a strange man's voice and her first thought was "oh HELL no! Nobody's going to break into my friend's house on my watch!" And then she heard a woman's voice, and came to the conclusion that someone else was using the hot tub
and was seriously ready to put the throwdown on whatever burglar would bring his floozie girlfriend along with him while breaking into decent people's houses! So she summoned up her best cop voice and started banging on the door and yelling "Open up! I know you're in there!"
So yeah, her first sight of 6'4" Jake was when he flung open the door, butterknife in hand, ready to take on the obviously inept female burglar lumbering around inside his girlfriend's garage
Luckily for Kelsey, she suddenly recognized Tina's voice, and then remembered that Jake and Tina were coming back Saturday
, not Sunday
. And began apologizing profusely.
And that's how she met Jake. She didn't say whether they let her come in and use the hot tub