Tony and Angela's
by Jerry Guarino
Tony, a handsome, surfer
looking dude lived in San Diego. He studied
English in college, so the world wasnt
offering him big bucks. But his first job was
decent enough, an editing job at a local
newspaper, enough to pay the rent. He was a
romantic, as many English majors are, and had a
few long-term relationships in college. Two
later, he left graduated, determined to find the
Angela, more of an Italian model, played soccer
at Cal and studied business, landing an
internship at a famous San Francisco clothing
store. She had no shortage of men chasing her in
college, but kept everything casual and short
term, not committing to anyone, guarding her
heart and soul.
Tony and Angela met online,
of course, he in San Diego and her in San
Francisco. During the summer, they exchanged
texts, emails and face time calls. Both were
eager to meet in person, but decided to do it in
Los Angeles, where they both had family.
Thanksgiving holiday provided the time off and
opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their
Tony drove to Los Angeles
and rented a hotel by the beach. Angela flew to L.A.
Tony met her at the airport and it was love at
first sight, (thats not always the case
with online hookups). For three days, it was
passion and getting to know each other. They knew
that Thursday they would part and hoped to be
together again for the weekend before they had to
return to their homes and jobs.
Monday was spent on the
beach, gazing into each others eyes and a
romantic dinner in Malibu, before retiring to
their hotel for hours of lovemaking.
Tuesday, the couple visited
tourist sites and did some shopping, each buying
the other a romantic trinket. Tony and Angela
knew it was more than just lust, or a fling. Each
was seriously involved with the other.
By Wednesday, they were
officially a couple, changing their online status
to in a relationship. Thats
serious and each had no regrets. Tony was so
enthralled, he considered getting an engagement
ring, but didnt want to scare Angela away
On Wednesday night, during
the afterglow, they confessed their feelings.
Angela, my angel. You are everything Ive
always dreamed of. I cant believe our time
is coming to an end so soon. I love you. I wish
we lived closer.
Tony, I cant
believe how fast these days have gone. I love you
too. How will we maintain a long distant
relationship? I dont want our love to end.
can we get back together for the weekend? I can
get a flight home Sunday night.
Of course, Ill
spend tomorrow and Friday with my family and pick
you up Friday night for the weekend. Its
too soon to say goodbye. But let me drive you to
your family tomorrow morning.
Thanksgiving morning, Tony
drove Angela to her family get together. As they
turned to the street, they looked at each other.
Angela spoke first.
Right here, the large
yellow house on the right. Its my Uncle Joe.
Angela, this is where Im going too.
My Nona gave me this address for the family
This is where Im
going too. We have dozens of family members
coming, with cousins from all over the country.
Angela was shocked. You
Tony was shocked. Yes, we might be related.
All right, we have to be sure. Lets
each of us find the keeper of the ancestry and
find out if we are related. Ill meet you in
an hour or so.
Angela sighed, but got up
the courage. I hope were not.
Tony and Angela, interviewed the people who kept
track of family, asking about the other, seeing
if it triggered any connections. They met as
Well, sweetheart, what did you find out?
None of my family has heard of you. What
Same here. Their eyes met, and came
together for a long romantic kiss. Hand in hand,
they introduced each other as a new couple and
the band played the tarantella as they danced.