Music: She Wolf - Shakira
So there I was at my office Christmas party, flirting unashamedly with Foxy Scott, a man who wasn't my boyfriend. The fact that Matt, my boyfriend, was only metres away didn't bother me at all. I mean, he was a total wanker and was going to propose to me on Christmas Day...
But back to the party...
Despite all the flirting I knew that Foxy Scott had a girlfriend as she came to the work's do last year. For some reason she wasn’t with him tonight. Or had they split up?
“So how come you’ve come on your own tonight? Did your girlfriend not fancy it?” I asked, glancing at Matt who seemed to have realised that Scott and I had been chatting for quite some time.
A large part of me hoped that Scott would say he was single.
“Oh, she’s off visiting her family this weekend and she left early,” he replied.
Oh. Never mind.
I was glad that she hadn’t been able to make it though, as I was enjoying the attention and the flirty exchanges. I very much doubt we would have been having this conversation if his missus had been in tow.
Despite this, everything was all very innocent. True, there might have been some gentle flirting going on, but that’s what office Christmas parties are for, right?
Before tonight Scott and I had only exchanged about two words with each other, but now I was learning all about his favourite bands, the football team he plays for and what he wanted for Christmas.
I wasn’t the only one asking questions and he seemed really interested in me too. It’s almost like we were on a first date but without the expectation of a dodgy kiss at the end of the night. He was being really lovely.
And did I mention that he’s sexy?
Foxy Scott and I had been chatting for about forty five minutes when Matt stumbled over, having completed his monologue on effective management styles and patronising one of the team leaders. He pulled a chair over and sat next to me, and much to my annoyance I was obliged to introduce him to (Foxy) Scott.
“Matt, this is Scott. He’s one of the sale guys at my company. Scott, this is Matt. My boyfriend.” I sighed.
I knew full well that my lovely ego-boosting flirtatious conversation was now over.
After about ten minutes of sitting there watching Matt and Scott needling each other as they talked about football, I could tell that the atmosphere had changed so I excused myself and went to the loo. When I returned, Matt was sitting on his own.
“I don’t think Scott liked it when I came over,” Matt said, sounding quite pissed off.
“Oh why? How come?” I replied, knowing full well what he meant.
“He just seemed annoyed that I was interrupting your conversation. I’ve been watching you both and I think he was flirting with you,” he said.
Of course I denied it to keep to peace as I didn’t want to start having a row in the middle of my work’s Christmas party. However I was secretly pleased that Matt was pissed off. My self-esteem had been given a massive boost too. I didn’t think Foxy Scott even knew I existed, and yet he had spent the best part of an hour flirting with me and talking with really good knowledge about the teams that I loved. I was having a really good night.
Desperate to avoid just sitting with Matt, I persuaded him that we should go and mingle as I didn’t want to appear anti-social. We headed back to the bar where Round 15 of tequila slammers was in full flow.
I talked to some of my team for a while and Matt picked up his earlier conversation about how to be an effective manager. Yawn. By this point everyone was pretty drunk – it must have been about midnight but I’d totally lost track of time. I was lucky in a way as no one commented on how I’d been talking to Foxy Scott for so long as they’d all been distracted by the big reveal of new couple in the office.
We’d all known that Sean and Charlotte been seeing each other for ages, but it had never been confirmed until tonight when they were all over each other like a pair of frotting Bonobo monkeys. I was relieved in a way, as my colleagues teasing me would just have wound Matt up even more.
After a couple more drinks I needed the loo again, so I excused myself and started walking round the bar. The loos were hidden from the entire bar area at the other side of the room.
I checked my face in the mirror, and despite the several tequilas and all the wine I was still looking quite good. No smudged mascara, face not too shiny. A quick blot of powder and I was ready to go.
I was still putting my makeup back into my bag as I opened the door back to the bar so I wasn’t really concentrating. As I walked out of the door I practically fell over Foxy Scott who was just leaving the gents.
“Oh sorry!” I said, all apologetically. “Are you OK?”
“Yeah I’m fine,” he replied. “I was having much more fun earlier though,” he said with a cheeky smile.
“Oh yeah? Is that right?” I laughed.
Usually I would feel so awkward in a situation like this, but for some reason I felt über-confident.
“You know,” said he said, suddenly sounding really nervous, “I’ve always really fancied you.”
Whoa! WOW! Wow. Wow. Wow. No way.
“Really?” I said, not even attempting to mask the surprise in my voice. “Well I think you’re really good looking too.”
The words had barely left my mouth and without thinking I pulled Scott towards me and passionately kissed him.
I still remember the look on his face as my lips withdrew from his. We only kissed for a few seconds, but his expression displayed his total disbelief. I mean, my boyfriend was just around the corner and anyone could have wandered over caught us in the act.
I just felt completely exhilarated. My heart was pounding and I could feel my cheeks flushing red. I hadn’t felt such a surge of adrenaline in years.
“Anyway,” I said, trying to regain a little composure, “You’ll have to give me your number so I can take mick when Arsenal get stuffed by Liverpool tomorrow and I win our bet!”
And do you know what? He did.
Football really did have a lot to answer for...