Something was on her mind, but she wasn’t sure if she wanted to discuss it with him. It wasn’t that she didn’t value his insight, but she wasn’t certain if she was in the right frame of mind to endure the mockery that was sure to go hand in hand with his advice.
As if reading her mind, Aaron took a sip of his Snapple and then said, “Why don’t you tell me what’s been bothering you?”
She had to admit, he was good at reading her. She just wished her problem wasn’t the sort that made her the straight man to his sharp-witted jokester.
She adjusted her mask, let out a low sigh, and decided to spill the beans.
“The guy I’m seeing wants to do a couple’s costume for Halloween,” she confessed without looking him in the eye because she didn’t want to see them light up with glee.
Aaron nodded to buy a little time for all the witty comebacks to form in his brain.
“What’s this one’s name?” he asked innocently enough.
Stunned by the question, she foolishly let down her guard.
“Edgar,” she replied before she realized she would regret that.
“Edgar?” he spit back with disdain in his voice. “Is he 87? I knew you were into older guys, but I didn’t realize you’d entered your hot for grandpa stage.”
She chuckled and flipped him the bird.
“He could have legally changed it upon turning 18,” Aaron shot back with a little snark.
“We all can’t have names that are both aesthetically pleasing and near the very top of the list in alphabetical order,” she conceded since she really had no argument for the name change line.
“So tell me why the couple’s costume is causing a conundrum.”
Holly hated when he did this. He was supposed to jump on an issue and give her his thoughts, not turn all shrink on her and make her solve it herself.
“We’ve only been going out for a few weeks,” Holly relented because there really was no fighting him. “A couple’s costume is a huge leap up the seriousness of a relationship ladder, and I’m quite fine where I am down near the bottom rungs.”
Aaron took another sip of his Snapple and nodded in understanding.
“If you show up in a couple’s costume, everyone at the party is going to jump to the conclusion that things are serious between you,” he explained what she already knew. “And you hate that because a Halloween party is a great place for you to meet your next boyfriend, since we both know you’ll quickly grow tired of this one.”
“Especially if he makes me wear some lame costume,” she agreed.
Holly chuckled. Even when he teased her, he made her feel better.
“Nothing cool like that,” she replied glumly. “He’s really pressing for Sonny and Cher.”
Aaron raised an eyebrow to that. “So he really is 87?”
That earned him the double bird flip and they both laughed.
“I’m starting to think I should just break up with him now, and save us the trouble,” Holly thought aloud, but still hoped for his feedback.
“You’d better do it soon,” Aaron advised. “Because after you didn’t beak up when you found out his name was Edgar, he probably started to think he was invincible.”
“And people wonder why you’re single,” she taunted from her side of the path.
“And for the record, any guy who’s stupid enough to want to drag you to a Halloween party during a pandemic isn’t worthy of another moment of your time.”
Holly was grateful for her mask at that moment. Not only was it protecting her from the virus, but it also prevented Aaron from seeing how deeply his comment had made her blush…