You have visions of how the night is going to proceed, he will be charming at dinner and laugh with you during the concert. He will ask if you need anything to drink and be the perfect southern gentleman that you know and love. You will look at each other during one of the songs and smile. You think it will be a great evening, but then he calls and says he's just going to meet you there at the concert. You are hurt and confused but still go with all your friends and you hope for the best. Then he shows up and he's not alone. There is someone by his side and there are two other friends as well but you don't notice them as much. The introductions are made you smile politely but in your mind you already don't like them because they stole your night. All of your friends agree they can't believe what has just happened and start giving the death stare.
I smiled and shook hands and I wondered why do I feel like these people hate me. I just met them. Later on he leans and whispers in my ear, "See that girl (he tries to point her out without being obvious) she has a crush on me." She was the one that mentioned the concert and he thought it would be fun if you guys went together and he hoped our two other friends could come along. It all becomes clear. You are the other woman.
So many times I have been on the other side that it all becomes so obvious what is going on. The disappointment you feel when you know things aren't going to go as you had envisioned them and the hurt that later settles in. I wanted to take her aside and tell her I promise we are just good friends but I know it won't matter. In her mind the choice has been made and it wasn't her. I saw the hurt in her eyes and I couldn't help but feel bad for her.
The concert was amazing, an intimate venue with the artist so close you could touch him. It was strictly acoustic and that made it even better. We sang every song and swayed along with everyone else in the room. A quick stop for a drink before we headed home and it was the perfect evening even if I was the other woman.