The sweat glistened on his skin as he continued to pound at the bag.
Chantel’s eyes remained transfixed. All plans of spending an intense hour of cardio had been dashed out of the window as she sat stationary on the bike.
She loved coming to the gym. At first it was her sanctuary from all the shit that was going on around her. A form of escapism. But then she met Mike.
Well she hadn’t actually ‘met him’ met him. Words had never actually been exchanged and they had never physically been in the same section of the gym. But he had appeared in her life and had made the gym experience that much more endurable.
Coming out of her Mike coma, she replaced the earbud that had fallen out of her left ear and began to peddle. She might as well get in a little bit of exercise. Gym membership wasn’t exactly cheap.
She peddled for what felt like forever til her legs began to cramp and she decided to call time.
The water glided over her body, as she took her shower, soothing the aches and stiffness that she had accumulated, and washing away the sweat and salt.
Stepping out of the changing room, the last thing she expected was to bump into him.
The man that was like a god to her, was standing right there, in front of her.
He was so close that if she reached out, she would touch. She fought the urge to do so.
Swallowing she tried to side step him.
The word came tumbling out so fast she almost missed it.
She quickly looked around, to see if he was talking to anyone else. But no, there was no one else around and the word had definitely be directed to her.
She wedged the top of her mouth opened and responded with the same platitude.
“I’ve seen you around,” he spoke again.
“I’ve seen you too,” Chantel replied, eyes firmly on the ground.
“I’ve been working up the courage to speak to you. But you always seem so, I dunno in the zone that 8 didn’t want to disturb you.”
Alarms and bells started going off inside her head. Mike had wanted to speak to her, she was in total shock.
This was quickly followed by the feeling of relief, relief that he had been unaware of her long dreamy gazes.
As Mike walked her to her car they made plans to go out for coffee after their next gym session.
Chantel closed the door and smiled. She watched him walk back inside, a slight spring in his step.
Opening her glove box she placed her ring back her finger.