"Well, yes but that wasn't the deal breaker. It was the everyday stuff. Waking up together, hanging out in the evenings and on weekends, walking the labs. I have two Labradors. Every morning we'd take them to the dog walk and watch them play with the other dogs. Sometimes the transsexuals would greet us coming off the third shift."
Adrianna burst out laughing. "They’re a warm, friendly bunch," he said.
"Do you miss her?"
"Sometimes. It's painful. But somehow I feel bigger than I was before I met her."
"What do you mean?"
"I look at things differently. I mean, now don't laugh at me but the world doesn't feel as unfriendly to me as it felt before."
Adrianna looked at him intently. "I’m not laughing. I haven't really had many hook ups. I had one a long time ago in school. I got involved with him. Then I got pregnant. Once he beat me up, badly. I have a three-year-old daughter."
"What does she look like?"
Adrianna grew suddenly tense. "I don’t know you well enough," she answered and jumped out of bed.
"I’ll walk you home," Nick said as she slipped on her dress.
"It’s probably out of your way."
"Where do you live?"
"I know a great restaurant in Tribeca, on Watts Street. It's run by these three crazy French-Jewish-Egyptian brothers who were made crazy by their French-Jewish-Egyptian mother."
Adrianna laughed. "I know that joint. It's got a great wine bar."
They stopped at the entrance to her building and Nick asked her for her cell phone. He typed in his email address and cell number, then kissed her slowly on the lips.
"Will you call me?"
"What do you think?"
"Probably not," he said.
What do you think? Will Adrianna get passed her intimacy issues and see Nicholas again? Or will she continue doing what she's always done and move on to a new guy?
Andre Moore, Director of Marriage Couples Counseling and Life Coaching in New York City