I took a few steps outside the community park center gates and looked back. I have never seen so many people watch a street game of basketball. Keke gave me simple instructions to get to her house.
I initially observed my surroundings. This part of Atlanta was very well lit and the people were on corners socializing.
With the cool breeze against the muggy warm air, I thought this was a good time to clear my thoughts and talk a walk. I walked up one block and could still hear the commotion from the courts.
I looked around, "oh hey."
Ray was a brown skin distinguished man with long but polished dread locks. You could tell he was educated and took good care of himself. He has a great sense of style, a beautiful smile and a nice mahogany pair of Burberry glasses on.
"Sorry, is everything okay?" I innocently questioned.
"Why are you walking by yourself? Even though we aren't in a hood, you shouldn't walk alone."
"Oh okay? Well thank you! You didn't have to walk me home, but I appreciate it." He seems like a nice guy.
"There are still gentleman in this world."
"Haha, I say that." He started to walk beside me.
Ray began the conversation: "So, Keke said you might relocate to Atlanta?"
"Yeah, I have just earned my BSSW. I desire to assist my community and focus on disease control. I am quite sure I can make a difference in someone's life."
"Yeah, that's why I became a counselor. I work for the Red Institute."
"Oh my word! I ran into you earlier! That's why you look semi familiar. But your dreads were in a ponytail?"
"Yes, I pull them back when I'm in the office."
"Well... that's amazing."
He smiled and then I smiled harder. We crossed the street and I asked him why he chose Atlanta.
"Well I grew up in Philly too. I always wanted to start new so I started to just travel. I transfered from Lincoln University to Clark Atlanta during my sophomore year. I pledge my fraternity as soon as I got down here cause it just felt right."
"Alpha Phi Alpha."
"My boyfriend Mikhael is apart of your fraternity."
"Oh! That was your boyfriend. Oh! That's why you have a nickname, cause he is your spouse. Makes sense! And that's dope that he is my fraternal brother."
"Yeah, he's a great guy when he wants to be. I'm apart of Phi Beta Sigma."
"Ah! I like the Sigmas. You strike me as a pretty boy though."
"You thought I was a shimming Kappa! Oh no!" I laughed out loud. We crossed another street.
"Well, hopefully I'm not stepping on your boyfriend's toes by walking you home."
"He is not paying any attention to me today. I doubt he noticed I left."
"Really?! I find that hard to believe. You are a very attractive dude, I'm pretty sure he notice that you left."
"Well thanks Ray. I think you are handsome too. I used to have the lowest confidence about my weight and my size. As soon as I became confident, the boys just flocked to me."
"Thick boys are their own kind but they are sexy in their own right. I've never dated a thick guy before."