Just her luck, Caitlin would have to meet Noel coming out of the gym. She'd finished running a few laps. Even more, on the treadmill. She was digging into some reading she'd have to get done this fall. It was like killing two birds at least with one stone. She guessed. Although, she hated the thought of killing birds, but that's what she told Noel.
"And how are you?" Caitlin asked.
Noel was grinning from ear to ear, practically. Obviously, something amazing happened.
"Oh, you know." He acted nothing like the last time she'd seen him. "Its no big deal."
"Really?" Caitlin kept staring as if she'd try to figure him out, one way or another.
"I'm seeing someone." He let slip.
"Kind of figured that." Caitlin winced with a smug smile. "Do we get to meet her?"
"I dunno. Hate to jinx it, you know." Now he was getting a bit fickle as if he didn't have time to talk to Caitlin.
"How would I jinx it?" Caitlin sighed. She then showed him the engagement ring she was so proud of. Of course, Noel didn't give it much of a look.
"I don't guess you'll be getting engaged anytime soon." Caitlin shrugged as if she understood him. Whatever was going on was always about him, and no one else. She was beginning to feel sorry for who ever he was seeing.
"No. Don't think so." He looked at her a bit oblivious as to what she might be talking about.
"I'm glad things are going OK, for you." Caitlin nodded. She could tell he probably didn't even remember talking to her that night when he thought his world was about to end.
"Yeah, its great now." He walked away. She wished she could knock some sense into him. No wonder he didn't have a real girlfriend.