It all started with a woman on the street
It had been a year in the making, but the day was finally here. Cameron was finally having the grand opening of his new restaurant: Bourbon Street BBQ. He saw the large crowd outside and knew that he had his event planning team to thank. Rachel Anthony from Anthony & Associates created quite a buzz for the new restaurant. Cameron had been featured on food blogs, the local news, and even did a radio commercial. He was overwhelmed with emotions and couldn’t wait to open the doors for business. He went back into his kitchen to check on his staff. He went around to each station to make sure everything was just right. Then he called everyone out into the dining area to give a speech.
“As you all know, this has been a long time coming. This started as a joke between my friends but really became my dream. And I want to thank each and every one of you for making my dream a reality. Now…let’s go feed these people out here!”
The doors opened and Cameron was there to greet each and every person who walked through his door. He looked down the way and saw Patrick and Candace. He was ecstatic because he hadn’t seen either of them since they left for Paris. He waved for them and the two friends exchanged daps. Candace went in for a hug.
“Congratulations, Cameron!” Candace exclaimed.
“Yeah, man. You did it! How you feeling?” Patrick smiled.
“It’s a lot to take in…but this feeling is overwhelming.” Only one thing would’ve made this night perfect.
“Well you deserve this moment, man. You worked hard for it.” Patrick patted his friend on the back
“So how was Europe?” Cameron was more concerned with his friend.
“Well….” Candace tapped her lips with her left hand. Cameron noticed the ring.
“Uh….you two get in here right now so we can get this celebration started!”
Cameron sat Patrick and Candace in his VIP lounge area and ordered that champagne be served immediately. He went back into the kitchen, happy for his friend but finding his mind wander. He was thinking about Sugar. He never stopped thinking about Sugar. He hated the way they ended things but always thought that they had something worth fighting for.
“Chef? Somebody ordered the ‘Oh Sugar’ but I didn’t learn the recipe.”
This person must be special. “Don’t worry, I’ll make it myself but pay attention, because you need to know how to make this.”
Cameron prepared the dessert and went out to deliver it to the table.
“Someone ordered the ‘Oh Sugar’?”
“Yes. It looked like the most delicious thing on the menu. I mean…I’ve already tried everything else…”
Cameron began to smile. He knew that voice.
“I’m sure you’ll enjoy this, Sug.”
Cameron placed the slice of cake in front of Sugar. Cameron sat down and watched Sugar devour the slice of cake.
“This was really good!”
“Well, it is its namesake. And thank you for everything. I know the pre-opening was all you. Signature Sugar.”
Sugar smiled. “You deserved it after what I put you through.”
“That’s water under the bridge now.”
“No, but I never really told you why. When I met you, I was getting over a broken heart.”
“Sug…you don’t have to explain.”
“I do. I owe this to you after all this time. After that night, Ryan asked me to marry him and I had been waiting to hear that from him for so long. It was all I ever wanted.”
Cameron started to feel angry. “Well…good for you.”
“When he asked me, all I could think about was how I wished it was you. Cameron, I want you and I have spent a year working on me so that I can be the woman you need. Because you are all the man I need.”
Cameron got up from the table.
“I’m glad you enjoyed the cake. Stay for a drink?”
Sugar nodded. “Sure.”
“It was good seeing you again, Sug. Thank you…..again.” Cameron went back to the kitchen. Smiling.
“Are you okay, Chef?”
“I’m better than okay. I’m perfect.”