November 27, 2016Marcus couldn't help but fiddle with the lone square, pink earring as he leaned up against the bar. It had been nearly three and a half years since Pippa had landed in his lap with little hesitations and nearly a year since the subsequent divorce and being in Lattimer's still felt fucking weird to the twenty-three year old. The bar wasn't that special -- no offense to Joel and co -- but... Marcus had spent so much time believing that Pips was it for him that he couldn't believe she wasn't.
But he hadn't found his way into the bar to relive the past, oh no, he was out celebrating with a drink. Because the semester was almost over. And he had re-signed up for the Vow. He hadn't bothered to tell his family this time -- he wasn't quite ready for the looks and the questions that were sure to come with it. (He hadn't wanted to drag Spencer down, Spencer, who was engaged and happy, had a bubbling little girl and a perpetual smile on his face; Marcus didn't want to ruin that. He knew his cousins' views on the service from the first time he'd tried it and he was sure that it hadn't changed at all in the following years.) No, Marcus had did it for him -- and Art, because who was he kidding -- but mostly him, because well... He wasn't quite all that good on his own.
And he was lonely in that desperately aching sort of way that he'd never really felt before. And after eleven months and some odd days, Marcus was finally, officially over it. He'd tried countless times, had gone on more blind dates and one offs that he had in what felt like, well, ever, only to find, well.... nothing. Sure the ladies were lovely and he enjoyed spending time with them (for the most part), but there wasn't that spark like there was with Pippa. Hell, there'd even been a slight glint with Cassandra! So he was giving the Vow another shot. And he was celebrating. By himself.
The young man huffed out a small laugh as he dropped his hands to the bar, cupping them around the tall glass of beer in front of him instead. It wasn't the New Year quite yet but he was ready for new beginnings and all that shit.