"George told me you tried to ask a woman out the other night," Rosa told me as we were driving down to a nearby college town with a mall to go shopping.
"Damn George," I thought. You can't tell him anything without him gossiping about it.
"I just asked her out for coffee and to talk," I replied.
"Would you date her?"
"No," I replied, lying. I didn't want to hurt Rosa's feelings and felt something's were best not said. It didn't amount to anything anyway.
"You know I would be extremely jealous."
"I know. That's why I didn't say anything about it. I didn't want to hurt you."
We arrived at the mall after a forty five minute drive. I had a $500 dollar gift card for Belk's to spend from my birthday and also a $100 gift card from my brother for Red Lobster. I bought Rosa two very nice shirts.
"How do I look?" Rosa asked as she came out of the fitting room.
"You look gorgeous," I replied as I smiled, glad she looked so excited and happy. Rosa nor I can afford to go shopping much.
Rosa smiled sheepishly as I lavished praise upon her. I also bought myself four polo style shirts and two pair of shorts and we left. I still have $200 dollars left on that card. The prices were very reasonable and my shirts were buy-one, get-one-free.
We then headed for the Red Lobster that was just across the parking lot from the mall.
"I don't much like seafood," Rosa said.
"Then get a steak," I replied.
I and Rosa both got the thirty shrimp special despite her saying she didn't like seafood and I noticed she ate every bite. Rosa also got a margarita and I got one as well of the virgin varieties. We finished with dessert. I almost couldn't stand up I was so full. We really lived it up today.
"I don't know what I would do without you," Rosa told me as I was driving home. "It's weird having a cool friend who isn't also a crack head."
I smiled broadly.
"That is what best friends are for," I replied. "Just help me stay sober and I will help you stay clean."
I dropped Rosa off at her house and headed home. It was a really nice day and I enjoyed it despite my aversion to shopping.