City Lounge: Paris (Book Three, Chapter Nine: Walking in the Rain)

Chapter Nine: Walking in the Rain:

The rain really came down. I grabbed onto Simone as she led the way. I really wished that I could’ve brought my umbrella with me. My girl and I could cuddle together underneath it in this rain. My cheeks turned red as I pictured it.

“Do you want dinner first or shopping?” Simone asked. I looked down with a puzzled look on my face.

“Hm?” I asked.

“Do you want to eat first or go shopping more?” she asked. I smiled and shook my head.

“Can we keep walking for now?” I asked. She smiled and tapped me on the nose.

“We can do that too,” my love said. I leaned down and kissed her on the cheek. We tried our best to stay under the shelter. People were rushing around in the streets trying to get to their destination. A woman ran with several little girls into a sandwich shop. Paris in autumn is something I can roll with. I used to not care about seasons here. But now, summer and autumn has become much better for me. I wondered what winter and spring would be like.

“What’s Halloween like in Paris?” I asked.

“Dressing up, partying, kids go to Disneyland, and then there’s All Saint’s Day,” Simone said.

“All Saint’s Day?” I asked.

“We pay respect the dead on the day after,” she said. “We go to the cemeteries or the Paris Catacombs. Some even put flowers on the grave.”

“What about trick-or-treating?”

Simone narrowed her eyes with a blank stare on her face. “Trick… or… what?”

“The kids dress up in costumes and walk around house to house getting candy.”

“We don’t do that here.”


“But there are plenty of strange museums to visit.”

“I see.” I shielded myself from the rain as we stepped out from the shelter. “When is Halloween again?”

“Next month,” Simone said.

“Ah,” I said.

“Why do you ask?”

I shrugged and shook my head. “No reason.” I don’t really know why I thought about Halloween for some reason. It didn’t really appeal to me. Sure, I enjoyed the typical trick-or-treating when I was a child. But, I grew out of that when I was twelve. I just stayed home and watched dumb scary movies. Sure, Paula dragged me out to parties, but I was so bored and wanted to go home. But with Simone…

“I don’t like partying too much,” I said. “But, I wouldn’t mind seeing a weird museum or two on Halloween.”

“We can do that,” Simone said. “We can try to visit one before we have to work at mama’s cafe.” I stood blinking with an odd look on my face.

“She works on Halloween?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said. “Why wouldn’t she?” I laughed off her response.

“Of course she would!” I said. “I don’t know why I asked that.” Simone leaned her head on my chest. I smiled and kissed her on her head. We’re going to have to dry off wherever we end up.

“Do places offer towels to dry off?” I asked.

“I would think so,” she said.

“I hope so,” I said.

“Are you getting cold?” she asked.

“A little.” I pulled her in close by her waist. A taxi rolled by us. I almost wanted to hold up my hand and hail it. Oh well, I’ll try and get it when we decide to go home at last. How long have we been out here?

“We’ve been out here all day,” I said.

“Yes,” Simone said. “What about it?”

“I just noticed that.”

“Is that a bad thing?”

“No. Not really. I didn’t plan on doing much today anyway.” I rubbed her shoulder as she leaned against me. “So where exactly are we going?” Simone looked up at me.

“Are you hungry yet or do you want to go shopping?” she asked. I shrugged my shoulders.

“I’m not really hungry yet,” I said.

“Okay then, we’ll go shopping,” she said. I don’t really argue with her. She’s the boss and I just follow.

“Where exactly are we going to shop now?” I asked.

“Well, the outdoor market is closed today,” she said. “I know a small place where we can go. It’s not exactly my first choice, but this will have to do in these conditions. I really need to get mama a gift.”

“A gift?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said. “Her birthday is coming up this weekend.”

“Oh,  I see,” I said.

“I’ve been meaning to get her a gift earlier this week, but my job got in the way,” Simone said.

“Let me help you,” I said.


“What all does she like?”

“Food and wine. Mostly wine.”

“So we’re going to a wine shop.”

“You can say that.”

I looked down at her with a confused look a on my face. “What do you mean by that?”

“It’s a strange little store. You will have to see it for yourself to believe it. But they are good people.”

“Okay.” The rain still poured heavily. I kind of wished that it would at least lighten up for us. I held out my hand.

“This rain has been so heavy,” I said.

“I like it,” Simone said. “I’ve always loved rain in the summer and fall.”

“More happy memories?” I asked.


“What kind? First love? Family times? Did you lose your virginity?”

“Mama, my sisters, and I first moved into that apartment above the cafe. We were decorating the place. Mama put on some upbeat jazz and we got to work. We would even take a break to have a snack with milk.” She looked so animated when she talked about her family.

“You really do love them, do you?” I asked.

“I do,” Simone said. She rested her head on her shoulder. Maybe I should call my grandma and mom when I get back home.

“I will do my best to help you find the perfect gift,” I whispered.

“Mmmm,” Simone said. This felt like heaven as we walked through this heavy rain. Despite the downpour and being without an umbrella, this is really nice.

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