This story will make you think twice about the “friends” you trust and with whom you travel…
Gym, Star Princess 2016©2016 Marquessa Matthews
*inspired by a conversation I overheard while at the gym on a cruise.
“War and Pieces”
Jessie walks up to Melissa who is jogging on the treadmill like her life depends on it.
Jessie: “It’s your turn to stay with Sarah.”
Melissa turns the treadmill down to a slower mode and takes out her earbuds: “No way. I stayed with her vomiting last night and missed hooking up with that cute guy we met at the wine tasting. And I’ve barely gotten a chance to workout since we got onboard – I need to keep training.”
Jessie shakes her head: “Well, I’m not staying with her anymore. I’ve done more than my share and she’s not even my friend! I paid good money for this cruise and I’m not going to spend it babysitting her because she’s seasick.”
Melissa stops the treadmill and jumps off: “I don’t want to be mean because Sarah’s a sweet girl and all but she’s Emily’s friend. Sarah should be her responsibility. Where is Emily anyways?”
Jessie: “When I woke up, she was already gone or maybe she hooked up last night and never came back to the cabin. I didn’t really give it much thought ’cause you know how Emily is.” She suddenly points through the full glass window lining the gym wall. “Speak of the devil, there she is.”
Jessie and Melissa watch Emily walking the deck flirting with a cute young man.
There is a heavy silence until Jessie looks at Melissa: “Uh, isn’t that your guy from the wine tasting?”
The daggers shooting out of Melissa’s eyes are deadly. She says nothing for a minute, stares until Emily and the guy are out of sight through the glass and then says: “This is war.”
Jessie looks scared to open her mouth again but she does: “Is this the first time you’ve traveled with Emily?”
Melissa grabs her towel and dries her forehead: “No, but it will be my last. When I’m through with her, she’ll be in tiny little pieces in the ocean.”
TravelTip: Choose your travel partners wisely.
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