Billy meets Kate Beckinsale, they have lunch and a couple of decisions are reached
(players only, takes place mid-November)
Kate sighs softly, pulling out her hearing aids gently and slipping them into her purse. She has a disgusted look on her face from the fact that she just left her doctor and he didn't give her any good news on her hearing. Lately she'd been asking about surgeries that might allow her to hear, but he had told her there really wasn't anything they could do for her. She shakes her head, closing her eyes for a moment and stepping out into the hallway, slamming straight into a very solid body and knocking herself over, purse flying and everything in it coming out. She makes a muffled cry as she lands on her ass, so frustrated now she is almost in tears.
"Whoa, no need to cry," Billy says. "I know I'm a really clumsy guy at times but I don't think you hit me hard enough for it to hurt." He reaches down and takes her hand, helping her stand up. "Hey. You're not one of my patients... I know I'd remember you." He gives her his best smile.
She looks up at him, trying to read his lips through her confusion but she can't and so she starts signing for a moment before shaking her head and looking around for her pad and pen. She finds it quickly and grabs it, scribbling down. I'm really sorry for running into you. She looks up at him, showing him the notepad and biting her lip as it sticks out slightly.
Billy is a bit bewildered, but figures out that she can't hear. He reads the pad, and smiles, facing her. "It's okay. Can I help you clear things up?" He holds out his hand. "I'm Doctor Cyrus, but as you're not one of my patients, I think it's okay if you call me Billy."
She watches his lips, smiling softly and looking him over for a moment, blushing for checking him out before nodding and reaching out, taking his hand. She looks around again on the floor, finding one of her hearing aids. She picks it up, blushing even brighter and slipping it in. Its odd for her only being able to hear halfway, but she speaks softly. "I'm Kate. I go to Doctor Brighton. Its..very nice to meet you Billy."
"It's very nice to meet you too, Kate," Billy answers. "You're sure you're okay?" he asks her. "That was a hard bump." He bends to help her pick up some things.
She finds her other hearing aid, slipping it in and working her way up slowly, wincing slightly and brushing her hands over her backside. "Maybe a bit bruised, but ok."
Billy smiles. "Would you like to go downstairs and grab a cup of tea or coffee?" he asks. "Just to apologise for bruising your dignity."
She gives him a smile back and nods slightly. "Tea would be nice. I'd really like that." She blushes at him lightly, pushing the rest of her stuff into her bag.
He takes her arm and escorts her to the elevator. "Herbal or good old-fashioned tea with caffeine in it?"
She pauses to think for a moment, crinkling her nose and laughing. "If they have it...peach tea. I like peaches better than just regular tea." She nods again, looking over at him.
"Peaches make everything taste better," Billy agrees. He smiles at Kate.
"They really do! My mum doesn't agree, but she is a bit uptight." She snickers, leaning into him a bit.
"Family members can be like that. But my mama made the best peach cobbler in four counties. Still does, but I don't get to eat it as much as when I was growing up."
"Peach cobbler?" She thought for a moment before nodding. "I know what it is, but I've never had it before." She giggles softly, listening to him very intently.
"It's delicious, but I'm biased. Peach pie is good too. I grew up in the country - what we grew, we ate, and we had some great peach trees," Billy says. The elevator stops.
She nods, stepping off with him and smiling. "I like peach pie. I had that before. I've actually made that before...its a bit like apple..."
"But sweeter and has more flavour, I find," Billy says. "I love apple pie too, of course, it's un-American not to." He winks as he escorts her into the coffee shop.
"I like anything sweet though." She pauses, ignoring the blush rising on her cheeks as she looks up at him. "You're sweet." She moves to the counter, pulling away from him gently to keep from having to see his reaction.
"Well thank you,' he says, stopping her and smiling. "I always like it when a pretty lady calls me sweet."
She smiles back at him, biting her lip and nodding. "You're welcome."
"Something to eat as well?" he asks, giving her tea order and ordering black coffee for himself.
She looks up at the menu, biting her lip before ordering just a small salad and nudging him lightly.
Billy orders lasagna and smiles at the waiter, then he says a phrase in perfect Indian to him.
She looks at him, staring for a long moment in confusion before leaning in. "What did you just say to him? Because...I'm definitely confused now."
"I told him that my fiance is from his country," Billy says. "I said it in Indian, because that's where my fiance, Naveen, is from."
Her eyes widen just a bit. "You...have a fiance. Oh." She blushes brightly before looking down and away. Well there goes that hope. She thinks, sighing softly before smiling back at him.
"I do," Billy nods. "But I have lots of room in my life for friends. I hope we can be friends. I can understand some of the difficulties you must be having. I was blind for almost twenty years and I only had the surgery to reverse it last year."
She tilts her head, staring up at his eyes for a moment before biting her lip. "My mom tried to look into corrective surgery for me, but the doctors said there was nothing that could be done. That they might end up doing more damage and make me completely deaf if they tried."
Billy nods. "There was a time it was like that for me. That's why it took almost twenty years for me to get up the courage to have the surgery done."
She looks down for a moment before looking back up at him. "I don't know if I'll ever get up the courage. I would...die if I lost what hearing I have."
"I've been there," Billy nods, taking her hand and looking at her directly. "Until the time is right, don't make a decision. It's something you'll have to live with and it's not something that should be treated lightly. If and when it's right to change things, you'll know."
She looks down at his hand before looking back up at him and squeezing his hand with a smile. "Thank you." She nods and sighs softly, brushing her hair back behind her ear and looking at the man behind the counter.
"He's not as good looking as my Naveen, but I could be biased," Billy says. "What do you think?" He shows Kate a picture of himself and Naveen, one Adam had taken of them recently.
She stares at the picture and starts blushing before looking at him. "You two are gorgeous together." She smiles, brushing the back of her hand down her cheek, wishing she could brush away the blush like it was nothing.
"Thank you,' Billy says with a smile. "He's stood beside me for over twenty years. We didn't get engaged until recently, with the laws changing in some places so we could."
"Congratulations." She smiles at him, looking at the picture again. "You two are...very lucky to have found one another."
""He's wonderful," Billy smiles. "You know when you've found the right person. Though being bi, sometimes I miss women. As more than a one night stand, anyway."
"Oh...you're bi?" She stares at him before turning bright red and looking away. "Ignore me." She covers her face with a hand.
"Yes," he says. "Most people I know are, though Adam's pretty sure he's gay. He's young, so that could change. and there's my best friend Patrick. Definitely gay." He's trying to lighten things up for her.
"No its fine I just...I thought you were gay." She looks back at him, hair falling down into her face. "I don't know what I am. I'm bi curious."
"Really?" he raises an eyebrow. "From the so far straight side or so far gay side?"
"So far straight. I've always caught myself looking at the other girls in ballet and getting silly little crushes though. So...I always figured I might be. I just haven't been with another girl."
Billy nods. "We always have the option to explore."
"What?" She looks at him for a moment before sitting and sipping at her drink.
"Well, if you realise that you might be interested, there's places to explore this kind of thing. If it's what you want," Billy says, sipping his still warm drink.
She realizes what he is talking about and her eyes widen slightly. "Umm, I've...heard about one." She smiles and blushes brightly.
"Then I would suggest," Billy smiles, "Joining somewhere like that. I think you would enjoy it." He's not quite outing the club. Just in case she means something different.
"My friend wants to sponsor me in. He thinks it would do me good to get into some place where I could explore my kinky side." She blushes again. "I just don't know though."
"It isn't a bad idea," Billy nods. He's fairly sure they're talking about the same thing by now, but nondisclosure agreements are still binding.
She nods, leaning her head on her hand, thinking about it for a long moment. "Are you into stuff like that?"
"Some," Billy answers, not committing. Just in case.
She blushes and looks down, biting her lip and nodding again.
"You?" He asks, curious.
"I like it. I haven't really...explored much though. Noone to explore with." She stretches out a bit and smiles.
"That can sometimes be a problem, and it depends if you're looking to play, or something more serious too. And you have to make sure the other person's on the same page," Billy nods.
"Yeah. Right now I guess...I'm not looking for anything serious, you know? I'm sick of getting hurt because of expectations. So I'm not looking for it but I'm open to it...right now I just want to play." She smiles and laughs softly. "Just have to find someone to play with, but I haven't found anyone thats interested."
"Expectations can be difficult," Billy nods. "That's a big part of why I haven't been with anyone outside of my fiance and our boy in a long time. It's not so much lack of interest in playing with a woman, but more not being able to find one who isn't after a wedding ring - or a collar - and babies."
She blushes brightly as he speaks, biting her lip. "A collar?" She looks a bit confused at that. Randy hadn't told her anything about collars before. "I'm not looking for a wedding ring...or babies. God no. A relationship is a bit much for me right now as it is. I've been...through the ringer enough as it is. Not that I am...trying to..god I sound like I'm trying to offer myself here. I'm sorry." And her blush deepens again as she bites her lip.
"It's okay," Billy says. "I just am not looking for that and neither are you. You're a nice person who I'm talking to. Beyond that? Well, who knows. And if I were going to - not saying I am - you'd have to meet Naveen and Adam first. Though I will say, on knowing you the time I have, anyone who didn't want you was the one who was making the mistake."
She rubs her arm, taking a sip of her drink and looking at him. "Well thank you. You're very sweet. I wouldn't want to complicate things or make anyone mad..."
"It's not going be complicated," Billy says with a smile. Though she's attractive, there isn't really a spark of that kind. It's a pity because he misses women, but maybe he needs something a little more...
She doesn't feel it either and she shifts a bit, sighing softly and smiling. "I've been trying to make a decision for the past couple of months and...I think I made it."
"Decisions are a good thing," Billy nods. He smiles at her. "Do you feel like sharing what it is?"
She laughs and nods. "Yeah...I'm going to move back to London. I'll still visit everyone I care about here, but it would...I don't know. I miss home."
He'd noticed the accent, beyond the slight inflection deafness gives. "Home's always the place you want to be. When you're back here, though, look me up? I don't want this to be our only meeting." He likes her, he realises. Not in a sexual way, but that doesn't stop him wanting to see her again.
"Oh I will! I have definitely enjoyed myself. You are very good to talk to." She leans on her arms and looks over at him, winking playfully. "And handsome to boot."
"Thank you," Billy flushes a little at the compliment. "You're a lovely woman, too." And for a second he wonders if trying for more wouldn't be an option, but... she's moving. Ah well.
"I'll be coming back often enough. I have a lot of friends here and I'll be keeping my apartment here so probably a week out of every month or so I'll be here."
"Unless you get a job or something," Billy smiles. "Still," he hands her a card with his home number as well as the office on it. "Give me a call."
"Oh I will. Maybe we can talk more about...stuff when I come back next. Maybe I'll know more about it then." She makes a playful face and laughs.
"You never know," and Billy leans over to kiss Kate's cheek. "Good luck. I wish you all the best."
She blushes and turns to kiss his in return. "Thank you so much. I'll give you a call when I get there?"
"I look forward to it," Billy says. He signals for the bill. "I just think the city is going to lose something very pretty in you. But New York's loss is London's gain."
She blushes and squeezes his hand. "Thank you. You are too sweet." She watches as the check is brought and she reaches for her purse so she can pay for her half.
"It's on me," Billy says. "A farewell gift."
"I get the next one though." She nudges him, kissing his cheek again. "I'd better go before my dog starts tearing things to shreds."
"You've got a deal," Billy shakes her hand and kisses her once more. "Until we meet again."
She gets up, winking at him before heading out to go back to her apartment.
Billy pays the bill and heads back to his office. He's enjoyed the day very much but he has a late appointment and will catch up on some paperwork before then.
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