Continued from Neighbor V
“Sorry, did you say boyfriend?” Jacob seemed to have misheard her.
“Yes. You know, boyfriend, as in lover” she retorted, already growing impatient.
“Hahahahahahahahahaha!” Jacob burst into a generous fit of laughter, shaking vigorously as he held his stomach as if supporting his gut from spilling.
She suddenly felt the urge to stuff him in the bag along with the rest of the trash and dump him in the Pacific.
“What’s so funny?” Lara inquired, she came prepared for this.
“Oh nothing” he chuckled, already recovering from his laughter fit.
“Are you saying you don’t know why you were laughing a second ago?”
“Lara, about an hour ago you were ready to hack my head off. Now you’re back asking me to be your…your…oh I can’t even say it” he burst out laughing again.
“Lover Jacob, lover” she reminded him.
He sighed and wiped a tear from his eye, he was apparently having a good time.
“Oh I haven’t laughed this much in ages. Thank you. So what’s the real favour?”
“I just told you”
“You’re kidding right?”
“I really wish I was”
“Wow, did you have an epiphany? Maybe a voice telling you I was the one for you?”
“If by that you mean my dad calling to remind me of my plight, then yes”
“So your father told you I was the one” Jacob looked truly puzzled, he knew she was cuckoo but asking him to be her lover? The story was missing something.
Maybe it was a dare, or a prank. Or worse, maybe she was being threatened, because the only way she would ask him out was if she had a gun to her head, literally.
“Look Lara, if someone is threatening you, we can go to the police” he looked into her eyes.
She saw something that looked a bit like concern in his eyes but she shook it off immediately.
“What? No, no. Nobody threatening me”
“So what is it then?”
“I just need you to be my boyfriend for two to three days, one week tops”
“Oh! So like a contract lover” he grinned.
“Exactly like that” she answered.
“May I ask why”
“Yes you may” she rolled her eyes at him.
“Why do you want me to be your boyfriend? You finally decided you couldn’t resist me anymore?” he asked as he winked at her.
“Well, it’s my sister’s wedding in two weeks and I need a date”
“Then get yourself a date”
“That’s exactly what I’m doing”
“Hmm. I don’t know why you can’t just attend the wedding. So you don’t have a date, so what?” he took his cup and turned the rest of the coffee into the sink, he wouldn’t need it anymore.
“So what, so what? You wouldn’t understand. For my family everything is a contest. My dad is always trying to win everything; even my step-mum is a trophy wife. I go for that wedding without a man, my self esteem would suffer. He would make me so miserable I would need a shrink. I hate them!” she rambled, as tears filled her eyes.
“Woah! Woah!! It’s okay” he walked from the sink to where she was still sitting and awkwardly patted her back.
“I’m sorry for that outburst” She sniffed and forced a smile on her face.
“No problem. So what’s in it for me?”
“You get to torment me for a week without as much as a whimper from me” she looked up at him with her beautiful blue eyes.
“That’s not enough” he wanted to look away but he couldn’t.
“I don’t have a lot of money but I can pay you”
“You know I don’t need your money Lara”
“So what do you want?”
“If I do this, no more threatening to call the cops or banging on my door to complain about the noise”
She mulled it over in her head, she really needed his help. Besides it was just a little noise, nothing earplugs couldn’t fix.
“That’s fine. But my boyfriend, my rules.
“As long you don’t make me dress up like an oompa loompa. Sure”
“You’re really gonna help me?” She shrieked excitedly as she jumped from her seat.
“Yes I am”
“Thank you Jacob. You’re a life saver. I promise you won’t regret this” she hugged him tightly.
“I hope so” he said, already relaxing in the warmth of her body.
I really hope so, he thought
Continues next week….