lunch with Cristina at Obika.
image via Passport Delicious
“Oh! So this is the best part. Well, sort of. It’s also the worst part. So he’s some sort of tabloid celebrity in Turkey.”
Cristina raised an eyebrow. “What is that supposed to mean?”
“Like, the paparazzi follow him around. He comes from a wealthy family and that’s like society over there, they take it all very seriously, so every time he gets married or divorced–”
“EVERY TIME HE GETS MARRIED OR DIVORCED?” Cristina almost spit her Valpolicella across the table.
“That’s the other part. He’s been married or divorced a couple of times.”
“Which one is he currently?” Cristina asked.
“Married or divorced?”
“Married,” Francesca replied sheepishly. “But getting divorced soon.”
“Oh, that’s a relief,” Cristina said, drinking more wine. “Because I’m beginning to see where this is going.”
Francesca stayed quiet for a minute.
“Well?” Cristina asked, selecting a slice of bread from the basket.
“You’re going to be too hard on me,” Francesca said quietly.
Cristina ground some salt and pepper, then dragged her bread through a pool of grassy green olive oil on her side plate, mopping it back and forth several times. She paused with the bread midway to her mouth as if she’d just thought of what to say. “It sounds like you deserve it,” she replied.
Francesca drank more wine. “After the club we went back to the hotel,” she began.
“And, well, you know,”
“That’s the way to make a story really compelling,” Cristina said. “Right when you get to the good part, start glossing over the details with, ‘well, you know…'”
“God, Cristina, he was so, I don’t know–so present, so into everything, so powerful. He just conquered me, in every possible way. I was possessed.”
“Something like that, yeah. And I loved it.”
“So, not to put this too bluntly, but since you seem to be having trouble elucidating this event fully, you did sleep with him, correct?”
“Ok,” Cristina replied. “And it was good.”
“It was fantastic.”
“And let me remind you that on a regular basis, you sleep with a top football player, so when you’re making the comparison–” Cristina whispered.
“I wasn’t comparing.”
“If you were,” Cristina continued.
“It’s completely different. I felt completely different with him than I feel with Paolo. I’m used to Paolo, I know what he likes to do, I know how he likes to do it, and yes, you’ve got a point–” she lowered her voice, glancing around the restaurant. “Paolo is extremely athletic, and the Turk wasn’t like that, no, but there were other things.”
“Other things like anal?”
Francesca furrowed her brow and shook her head. “No, not other things like anal. Other things like a different emotional connection.”
“I see,” Cristina said, pursing her lips.