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My Side

时间:2006-11-12 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:linquans   字体: [ ]

My Side

I think the really big winner that season was probably my mobile phone company. I knew straight away I was crazy about Victoria. I found myself thinking about how and when I could be with her during most of the day we were apart. No sooner had we met, she’d had to jet off to America with the Spice Girls. We spent hour after hour talking and the bills got scarier and scarier. But they were the best investment I’ve ever made. The couple of times we’d actually been face to face, I’d felt so nervous it took my breath away. It’s strange how different it was on the phone. It seemed the most natural thing in the world to be telling this amazing woman all about my life-and my feelings -and listening to her do the same. By the time she got back to England, it felt as if we really knew each other. We started to find out, as well, what we were going to mean to each other. Whatever the phone company had made out of it, it seemed like a bargain.

The florists1 didn’t do too badly out of me, either. I sent flowers to each new hotel Victoria booked into and a single red rose every day for the best part of a month. I couldn’t wait for her to come home. I think perhaps people have this idea that our life together must always have been 1)glamorous2 parties: stars, luxuries, photo opportunities. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Having the time together was all that mattered.

The first date had been about driving around, getting thrown out of a Chinese, and sitting on a friend’s sofa. Our second evening out was just as low-key as the first. We arranged to meet up in another pub car park -that’s how stylish3 we were -- this one called City Limits. A strange thing happened on the way there. I stopped at a petrol station and went in to buy some chewing gum. Just as I was pulling out of the forecourt, I saw Victoria arrive, jump out and do the same thing. Fresh breath, or something to steady the nerves? Both probably. I drove on to City Limits and parked.

When Victoria arrived, I jumped out, went over to her MG and got in beside her. For such a little car, I remember there was a big gap between the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. We didn’t go anywhere. We talked. And we kissed, for the first time. I had a cut on my finger from training. Victoria reached across me to the glove compartment4 and pulled out this 2)sprig of a plant, 3)Aloe Vera.

“It’ll heal you.”

She rubbed it on the cut and then gave it to me. I must have told her about getting hurt on the phone and she’d brought it along. I remember, a week or two later, looking in my fridge and seeing this Aloe Vera plant, starting to decompose5 in a bag on the shelf. By then, whatever magic it contained had already done its job. At the end of that evening in the car park at City Limits, I felt like at least a year’s worth of dreams had come true.

I went mad the next day and had a Prada handbag delivered to Victoria at her mum’s house. It’s amazing what you find out in a Smash6 Hits’Likes and Dislikes feature. I still try and send gifts like that now: it’s a strange thing to me. If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.

1) glamorous [5^lAmErEs] a. 迷人的;有吸引力的
2) sprig [spri^] n. 嫩枝,小树枝
3) Aloe Vera [5AlEu, 5vi:rE] n. 芦荟




1 florists b144baeff0a8df843a6a577e7473f3ca     
n.花商,花农,花卉研究者( florist的名词复数 )
  • The little dressmaker bought an envelope of nasturtium seeds at the florists. 那个个子矮小的女裁缝在花铺里买了一包金莲花种子。 来自辞典例句
  • I have more important things to do than petulant florists. 我有比教训坏脾气的花匠更重要的事情要做。 来自互联网
2 glamorous ezZyZ     
  • The south coast is less glamorous but full of clean and attractive hotels.南海岸魅力稍逊,但却有很多干净漂亮的宾馆。
  • It is hard work and not a glamorous job as portrayed by the media.这是份苦差,并非像媒体描绘的那般令人向往。
3 stylish 7tNwG     
  • He's a stylish dresser.他是个穿着很有格调的人。
  • What stylish women are wearing in Paris will be worn by women all over the world.巴黎女性时装往往会引导世界时装潮流。
4 compartment dOFz6     
  • We were glad to have the whole compartment to ourselves.真高兴,整个客车隔间由我们独享。
  • The batteries are safely enclosed in a watertight compartment.电池被安全地置于一个防水的隔间里。
5 decompose knPzS     
  • The eggs began to decompose after a day in the sun.鸡蛋在太阳下放了一天后开始变坏。
  • Most animals decompose very quickly after death.大多数动物死后很快腐烂。
6 smash mxfwJ     
  • We heard the smash of plates breaking in the kitchen.我们听到厨房里盘子破碎的声音。
  • The gifted author wrote one smash after another.这个天才作家创作了一篇又一篇轰动一时的作品。
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