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 They Started
As Strangers 

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Part 14

Part 15

Part 16

Part 17

Epilogue

 

They Started As Strangers
-- Part 7

They Started As Strangers -- Part 7

Sleeping on things didn't move me one inch closer to a solution.

The alarm sounded alerting me that it was time to meet the guys for breakfast.  But I didn't want to leave Kui.

I watched the clock helplessly as the minutes ticked by like seconds.

Finally I realized that not making a decision was making a decision too, and I wanted to do my best making the right one; accepting the default decision just isn't good enough.  I knew what I should do, and I knew what I could do.  But I just couldn't leave Kui to work in beer bars.

"What do you do in Bangkok?"

"I go my job."

"You work in bar?"

"I neber work bar.  I work Chanel."

"Do you want to go back to Bangkok?"

'Yes, I want go back my life."

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh, fuck.

"Can you get your things and be back in one hour?"

"Yes."

"It's 10:30 now.  In one hour our car goes to airport.  You must be here in one hour and I take you to Bangkok, okay?"

"Yes."

We bounded out of bed and rushed to get ready. .

I gave Kui a generous amount of baht and told her to take a taxi because time was very short.  As I walked her out the door, I told her again that she must be back at 11:30 if she wanted to go with me.

As I looked into her eyes, I wanted to think that she wanted to go home.  I wanted to think that Kui would be back in time.  I wanted to think that she indeed did have a real life to get back to.  But I just didn't know…  Who does?  Maybe the smart thing to do would have been to go with her.  After all, I had no idea where the mamasan lived, or even if she would let Kui go.  Maybe Kui owed the mamasan more room and board money.  Any problems that popped up that money could solve, I could easily handle.  But either way, it was time to fish or cut bait

Closing the door behind Kui, I felt deflated.  Why hadn't I thought of this before?  It all seems simple enough to me now.

I was packed in no time.  As I was admiring what a find job I had done and how light and tight my carry-on had become, I realized it was because all of my clothes were at the laundry.  Damn, damn, damn...  I dialed Reeb's room so we could run down and get our stuff.  Reeb was just stepping into the shower, and said to come down and he'd be out by the time I got there.

As Reeb got dressed, I filled him in on the story so far.

"So what are you going to do?"

"I'm going to take her to Bangkok."

"And then what?"

"And then nothing.  All I can do is get her out of the mess she's in and take her back home.  Kui is a real nice girl, but I'm too young to get married."

We talked about it some more on our way to the laundry.  Reeb wondered if I was doing the right thing, but I couldn't understand how I could not be doing the right thing.  It's only money, and a one-way ticket to Bangkok really isn't that much anyway…

Horror upon horrors!  When we got to the laundry shop, it was closed.  They should have been open hours ago…  Did we screw up by not being there when we said we would?  Damn…

Reeb remembered there was a telephone number on the ticket, and stopped a passing BG to use her mobile phone.  You gotta love this country…

He wasn't really sure what they said, but Reeb thinks someone is on their way to open the shop.  In only a minute or two, a girl pulled up on a motor scooter with a basket full of packaged laundry.  Breathing a sigh of relief, we joked as the girl unlocked the shop and opened it up for us.

I gave her my ticket, and she gave me a neatly folded package of laundry.  It was even mine!  I counted the items just to make sure everything was there, and they were.

Reeb, on the other hand, wasn't quite so lucky; his stuff was not in the shop.  The girl placed a couple calls and told us the laundry would be here soon.  Every time we asked how long we would have to wait, she would just say, "Wait."

I waited with Reeb another five minutes, and then said that I should be in my room in case Kui comes back.  Promising the limo wouldn't leave without him, I double-timed it back to the room and finished packing.

Packing was finished around 11:20, and I lay down on the bed to relax and watch a little TV.

11:30 and there was no sign of Kui.  I opened the door and looked up and down the hallway to see if she could be lost, but she wasn't there.

At 11:40 I was sitting broken hearted, alone in my room.  Maybe she owed the mamasan more money and the mamasan wouldn't let her go.  Maybe I should have gone with her.  Maybe I should have done this, or maybe I should have done that.  Who knows…  I did what I did…

I gathered my belongings, made one last check of the room to see if anything was left behind.

Sadly, I wheeled my carry-on to the door, and took the key out of the room's power switch.  I stopped just for a moment to check the time once more to be sure I was leaving at the last possible moment, and then turned to open the door.

There, standing on the other side was Kui with her suitcase in one hand and the other hand raised and poised to knock.  She couldn't have cut it much closer.

I gotta admit I was pretty happy to see her.  I took her bag and strapped it to mine, and we made our way to the lobby.

I had forgotten all about Reeb; it was nice to see him waiting in the lobby.  He said that another girl on a motor scooter pulled up just minutes after I left, and delivered his clothes.

None of the other guys new Kui was coming along for the ride, so I had some explaining to do.  But they all welcomed her to our little group.  There was more than enough room in the minibus for Kui, but I wasn't so sure about the flight.  All of the Coach seats were sold out for that day, and a few flights of Orchid Class too.  I was hoping that there would be at least one open Orchid Class seat on our flight so there wouldn't be any problems.

I didn't like the idea of leaving the guys to fly back on their own, but I didn't want to leave Kui alone either.  We'll have to see how the ticket situation plays out…

When we got to the Phuket airport, all the guys went to check-in and Kui and I went to the Thai Air counter to get her a ticket.  The airport was packed, and I was worried that there wouldn't be any seats available on our flight.  Luckily there were just a few seats left, and I was able to book one for Kui.

It didn't take long to sort out the ticket, and we were soon on our way to check-in.  It was kinda funny that Kui kept wanting to go to the Coach lines, and I had to keep her pointed toward the Orchid Class counter.  But other than that little mix up, everything went smoothly.  We were able to get seats next to each other, and I was looking forward to a pleasant flight.

I don't recall if the Phuket airport has an Orchid Lounge, but we decided to go to the gate so we could be with the rest of the guys.  The guys all joked and had fun, and Kui and Wifey exchanged pleasantries but Kui was another girl to add to the list that didn't like Wifey.

I wonder what the problem with Wifey really is?  A trip or two ago, Sip said Wifey was not a good lady because she took Antman away from his friends.  It's a little hard to believe that's Wifey's fault because as soon as Antman gets his clutches on a girl, he usually drags her Preying Mantis like back to his room.  And I didn't think Kui spoke long enough with Wifey to pick up on that, but Kui was another girl that didn't like Wifey; that was for sure.

Bubbles, Doozy, and Rama ran off to Burger King for a quick fix of some fast food nourishment while we held our spot at the gate.

Kui, Reeb, and I had missed breakfast this morning, and I, for one, was starting to feel a powerful hunger.  Just next to our gate was a little coffee shop that sold croissants and sandwiches.  I took everyone's order and Kui and I went over to gather some food and a few coffee drinks.  Like most airport eateries I've been to, things were a bit over priced.  But unlike most airport eateries I've been to, the food and drinks were quite good.  In fact, a few of us went back for seconds.  Kui didn't want anything the first time around but when we went back, she took the opportunity to get something.

I again noticed a few cracks in Wifey's normal behavior.  My experience is that many of the girls will try to be what ever they think their patron wants; why not, it makes good business sense.  Wifey might have thought that Antman wanted a quiet girl, so Wifey was a quiet girl.  But with a group as large as ours, Wifey was forced to interact with more people and was beginning to open up a little.  In fact, it was easy to see that she was taking a shining to Doozy.  Of course, it didn't help that a few of the younger, and less mature guys grabbed her ass when Antman wasn't looking.

Hmmm…  Now that I think about it, maybe Wifey wasn't being "forced" to interact more.  Maybe she was opening up on her own.  It was obvious to some that she had taken a shining to Doozy, so maybe she was thinking that there was more to life than staying with Antman and sleeping and watching TV all the time.  It's hard to say.  But one thing was for certain; Wifey was playing to the group more than she ever did before.

And Antman is bit of a control freak; he must have 100% of the girl's attention or he's just not happy.  If he's starting to notice that Wifey is interacting more with the group, he could get bent.  This should be interesting…

While we're on the subject of Antman and Wifey; there was a story going around that Wifey worked in a bank.  Bubbles asked my opinion on the story, and I said I thought it was bullshit.  I figured there was no way a bank was going to let one of its employees off for 3 weeks twice a year while she spent time with her farang boyfriend.  Say what you will, but I'm just not buying it.

Bubbles, being the merry prankster that he is, came up with the idea that it would be great fun to push the issue with Antman, and ask for a tour of Wifey's bank.  My opinion of that idea was that it might just get Bubbles a punch in the snout.  Neither of them are titans, but what else could Antman do but punch Bubbles in the snout?  Well, I guess there's always sitting down and crying…


Photo courtesy of Doozy

It was a short flight from Phuket to Bangkok, but that didn't stop the Thai Air crew from providing top-notch service.  They even served a meal but when the lovely flight attendant arrived with my food, Kui took the meal from the attendant and set it up for me on my tray.  Even though Kui wasn't exactly my type, she was a really nice girl.

There was a monk on the flight, and he was traveling in Orchid Class.  I wondered about that…  Do they have to buy tickets, or do they travel free like on buses and the Skytrain.  I was also curious how they were going to work the meal service; would he be served a vegetarian meal, and who would serve it to him as the flight attendants were all female.  When it was time, a male in a Thai Air uniform (it could have been the co-pilot for all I know) served the monk his meal.  The meal looked the same as mine, so I don't think it was vegetarian, but I could be wrong.


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy

On final approach to Don Muang, there was considerable turbulence.  When the wheels hit the ground, we landed pretty hard.  I've flown a lot these past 15 years, and I think it was one of the hardest landings I have ever experienced.

Kui, MikeM, and Rama checked their bags, so I ran off and hired a minibus to take us to the Nana Hotel while everyone else sharked the baggage carousels.

I think we left Don Muang a little after 2 PM. The traffic flowed, but it was heavy.  Still, it didn't take too long until we pulled up to the hotel.


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Rama


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Rama


Photo courtesy of Doozy


Photo courtesy of Doozy

I said goodbye to Kui in front of the lobby entrance at the Nana Hotel.  She gave me her phone number, and I promised to call.  But I've promised countless girls before her that I'd call, and I never did. I wonder what will happen this time.  I wouldn't mind staying in touch with Kui.  It would be nice to hear that she went back to her job at Chanel, and stayed out of the bars.  I guess we'll see…


Photo courtesy of Rama

Bubbles and Doozy complained a little that we hadn't taken them to CP2 yet.  I asked them which part of the trip they would give up for something they hadn't done yet, and they didn't have a good answer but they were right; CP2 should definitely be on the list of things to do.

While we were checking in, a bunch of the guys said they wanted to go shopping.  They knew how to get where they wanted to go, so MikeM and I volunteered for a recon mission to Chao Phraya 2; we wanted to verify the opening time.  Sure, it's dangerous; someone could slip and fall on all those bubbles.  But we were making the sacrifice for our friends.

We all agreed to meet back in the Nana lobby, and then head off to Cabbages and Condoms for dinner.  This should be a snap!

We tossed our bags in our rooms, and hit the road.  Luckily I had saved a business card from a previous trip to CP2, and handed it to our taxi driver.  Then we settled in for a relaxing drive through Bangkok in air-conditioned comfort…  And it was indeed nice relaxing in the back of the taxi, but the traffic was pretty bad and it took forever to get there.


It's not a bad idea to print this out, and give it to your driver.

When we finally got to CP2, we knew we couldn't stay there long if we wanted to meet the guys for dinner.  We asked the driver to wait, and ran it to talk to one of the papasans.  CP2 was open, but it was dead; there were no punters in the lobby, and no girls in the fishbowl.  The papasan suggested we come back at 4PM, because all the girls should be there by then.

Hmmm…  That might just work for tomorrow…  A soapy at 4, finish at 5:30, and then double-time it over to Bourbon Street for our Thanksgiving feast.  Not bad; it just might work!

MikeM and I got back in the taxi satisfied that we would have a good time tomorrow.  Unfortunately, the ride back to the Nana took considerably longer than the ride to CP2 and we completely missed the guys for dinner.


Photo courtesy of Rama


Photo courtesy of Rama


Photo courtesy of Rama


Photo courtesy of Rama

MikeM and I settled on a quick drink to say hello to our friends at Morning/Night, and then we would move on to eat at Bully's Pub.

Lady and Nit were at Morning/Night, and did a good job keeping us entertained.  Lady is MikeM's current GFE, so he BFed her to join us.  Nit hit me up to BF her, but I just repeated my old story that I don't BF because I am in love with GoodGirl…

Bully's Pub doesn't have the deepest menu, but we found a few things we liked and they turned out not being too bad.  The buffalo wings need work, though. Shortstuff was there and came over to say hello, but added that she could not stay with us today.  It seems the bar has a new Thai manager, and he didn't like Shortstuff spending time with the customers.  WTF?!?!  It's a fookin' bar for the heaven's sake.  We bought her a drink anyway, and said we would say goodbye on our way out.

That was sad; Shortstuff was a fun girl and we enjoyed having her at our table.  And if the guv is reading this; I'm sure we would have stayed there a lot longer and bought more food and drinks if Shortstuff and joined us…

Shotover and I had talked about some non-bar activities.  We were thinking it might be nice to visit the Lumpini Night Bazaar, or take a few girls out to karaoke or something.  Tonight seemed like a nice night so we would do it.  The plan was that we would go to Morning/Night, BF a half-dozen girls, and hit the town.

The only problem was that my back was starting to act up.  Just sitting in the booths at Bully's was starting to kill me.

MikeM agreed to send Lady out on a mission, so we sent her back to Morning/Night to BF Nit.  Because of my back spasms, I didn't think I could manage 6 girls but I did think Nit would take care of me.

While we were waiting for the girls to join us, MikeM ran over to the pharmacy next door and picked up some muscle relaxers for me.

Nit was happy to be barfined, and very happy to be joining us.  When she asked why we didn't go to Morning/Night, I kidded her that they always pad our bill.  Nit ordered a Jack soda, and didn't stop drinking them the rest of the night.  That surprised me; I've known her for a couple years, but I don't think I've ever seen her drink so much.

Shortstuff was a little surprised to see girls at our table and came over to see what was going on.  I introduced Nit as my old friend, bought another drink for Shortstuff, and everyone was happy.

We stayed a little longer than usual that night, and had a fun time.  ZZTop showed up, and so did Burnout and his buddy Lon, and even Farangman stopped by for a drink or two.

But my back was really starting to get to me, and I was quickly coming to the conclusion that there was no way I could go out for a night on the town.  The best I could hope for was getting back to my room, taking a couple muscle relaxers, and having Nit give me a massage.  It might have been nice to have her walk on my back, but she was too drunk by now.

Sadly, I said goodbye to the guys and retreated to my room.  The short walk back to the Nana was so painful, I didn't even think about escorting a girl back to the hotel past GoodGirl.  Too bad for her; I'm in self-preservation mode now.


Photo courtesy of Doozy

After I got my key, Nit said she wanted to go to the disco.  "Up to you," I replied.  "I'm going to my room."  I turned and headed to the elevator lobby, and Nit ran up next to me and grabbed my hand.

As we waited for the next car, the guards looked like they might be interested in Nit's ID but I just waved them off.  I felt a little bad about doing that because the guards had served me well before, but I really didn't think I could stand for one minute longer.

Getting into the elevator for the ride to my floor, Nit asked me why I didn't want to go to the disco.  When I told her my back hurt, she reached up to give me a massage.  YIKES!  I didn't know if my knees were going to buckle or my spine was going to come shooting out through my skull, but I did know the massage had to stop for now…

We got to the room, and got comfortable on the couches.  Without asking, Nit called room service and ordered a Jack soda for her and a gin and tonic for me.  At first I was a little surprised at that, and then I thought the alcohol-induced multiplicative effect of the muscle relaxers would be a good thing.

Nit is a drinker.  As soon as she would down her Jack soda, she would order another round.

Somewhere around midnight, Nit stripped down to her underwear, and decided it was time to start singing love songs to me.  Actually, "love song" is more like it; Nit only knew one.  I'm sure I like the love song from Titanic as much as the next guy, but Nit was singing it over, and over, and over…  Every once in a while she would stop and ask if I wanted her to sing it again, but a "Please God, no!" wouldn't stop her.  Nit would only take a break to order another round.

I was standing in the raised dining area, looking out at the Nana parking lot below as Nit hugged my waist and sang that song again and again.  Finally, I said it was time for a shower.  But the torrent of water didn't stop her; Nit kept singing that song.

And Nit was still singing that song as she massaged me to sleep.

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