They sat in the nearest café they had found just to get refuge from the blazing sun and what felt like a hundred degrees.
They ordered their coffees and sat sipping in silence. Beads of perspiration formed on his forehead despite the air-conditioned café.
Finally, he addressed the problem.
He – So, you do know that it’s her birthday soon, right?
With the ceramic coffee mug in hand, she scoffed.
She – So, you do know that I’m her best friend, right?
His perspiration increased somehow and the nervousness was now apparent.
He – Yes obviously, you’d know! So I’m thinking of getting her a bouquet of her favourite flowers – orchids.
She kept silent for a while and then spoke in a grim tone.
She – She hates flowers. Especially orchids!
His tension had now peaked at having his plan crash like a house of cards.
He – I thought every girl likes flowers.
She put down her mug rather loudly.
She – Listen, I know her well. She’s my best friend. If you want to win her over, feed her!
He nodded like he was mentally taking notes.
He – What kind of food? Any specifics?
She – Non-vegetarian food. Especially bacon and lobster! She loves it.
A bright smile lit his face as he relaxed a little. He had a new plan now.
She (to herself) – And that’s how you protect your best friend, who is a vegetarian by choice, from any kind of heartbreak and from people who try to steal her from you.
And she smiled!