“First things first, Ida,” Allie’s voice said over the phone. “Before I tell you what happened with Martin, tell me, what are your New Year’s Eve plans?”
“What?” Ida replied, instantly becoming defensive. She knew her friend all too well and could tell the question wasn’t simple curiosity. “Why? What have you got up your sleeve now, Allie?”
“Just tell me, Ida,” Allie replied, and Ida pictured her friend rolling her eyes.
Ida sighed. “Nothing. I’ll probably just stay home and marathon a TV show.”
Allie scoffed. “Oh, that’s no good, Ida. You need to get out and have some fun. Ring in the New Year the right way!”
“And I suppose you know just the right place, huh?”
“What did you have in mind?”
“Actually, I’m having a little get-together at my place. Just for close friends. And I’d like you to come.”
To Ida, that was code for “I have someone I’d like you to meet,” and Ida rolled her eyes. Allie was always trying to fix her up with someone, even though she didn’t have the best track record when it came to relationships herself.
“Ida?” Allie asked tentatively when she didn’t get a quick response. “What do you think? Will you come?”
“What’s he like?”
“What’s he like? I know you just want me to come so you can try to hook me up with someone.”
“That’s not true! I just want you to get out and have some fun for a change! And it’s New Year’s Eve! You have to celebrate it right!”
“And?” Ida prompted.
Allie sighed. “And he’s a great guy. Dark haired. Green eyes. Handsome. A real gentleman. Has a sense of humor. Enjoys the outdoors. Animal lover. Your type of guy.”
Ida had to admit, he did sound like her kind of guy. Maybe Allie’s party wouldn’t be so bad, after all.
“Okay. Fine. I’ll come. The way this year’s gone, I probably should do something fun for a change to bring it to an end.”
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