In 1999 my best friend asked me if I'd like to go to her fathers leaving party from his current job. I was working in 24 hour supported accommodation for adults with learning disabilities at the time and was down to work the late shift on the night of the party so I didn't think I could go. When I checked the rota I realised that there were four of us down to work when only two members of staff were need, so I booked the night off.
We got to the party and my friends sister pointed out a boy at the bar. He had his back to me so I couldn't really see what he looked like, but later that night my friend started chatting to him so I sat down with them. We talked for ages and I really liked him. He told me that he wasn't going to go to the party but his mother thought he needed cheering up so had forced him to go as he had worked with my friends father for a short while.
So both of us only went on a last minute decision.
He took my phone number before he left and told me that he'd call me the next day.
The next day came and I went to my friends house to help her move. I waited for him to call. And waited, and waited. He didn't call me.
I forgot all about him and carried on with my life.
Six months later I was working at a bar in my local area. It was a quiet night and I was sat at the bar when he walked in. Well, I wasn't sure that it was him to start with. It had been dark the night we met, and a long time since I had seen him. He also lived about 30 miles away from me and this was very much a locals pub so I didn't really understand what he would be doing there. It was only because he called me by my name all night that I decided that it must be him. I served him throughout the night and he didn't once mention the non phone call. After about two hours he left.
Then came back in.
He told me that he hadn't called because he had lost my number, but would it be okay for him to have my number again. I gave it to him......
but didn't hold my breath.
He called the next day.
The rest as they say is history.
We went from this......
which became this.....
Was it all just a coincidence? Or was it all meant to be? I like to think fate brought us together.