Megan was in Buffalo, NY visiting Jackson who was working on an architecture project there. “What are you doing?” Jackson said. “Nothing, just having my coffee by the window. You know the same thing every morning?” Megan said. “No, I mean what are you doing on your tablet?” he said. “Oh, spring break officially starts on Monday for me and since you’re so busy working I thought I would go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida by myself. I’m booking my plane ticket right now,” she said. “What? Are you crazy? You’re only 18, you don’t have a place to stay, and you don’t have any money for a trip to Florida. You can’t go,” he said. “I can do whatever I want. You’re only 23 and you travel everywhere on your own. I’ll figure out where to stay when I get there and if worst comes to worst I’ll just sleep on the beach. I also have money. I have about $200. Can you drive me back to Rochester on Sunday? I’m flying out of Rochester on Monday morning and I will be back next Sunday,” she said. “Fine! Do whatever you want and yeah I’ll drive you back to Rochester.”
Megan packed her things and asked her friend Bridget to drive her to the airport. “That’s all you’re taking? What about your coat?” Bridget said. “I have to pack light. No, I’m not taking my coat. It’s going to be hot in Fort Lauderdale,” Megan said. “Are you sure you’re going to be fine? This is crazy you know,” Bridget said. “Yeah, I know Bridget, but I was really bored in Buffalo with Jackson and I just want to be in the sun,” Megan said. “Okay. Megan, whatever floats your boat,” Bridget said.
Megan flew Jet Blue in the morning. During her flight, she asked the girl sitting next to her if she was familiar with Fort Lauderdale. The girl said she was so Megan asked, “If I want to go to the best beach in Fort Lauderdale what address do I tell the taxi driver to drop me off at?” “Tell the taxi driver to take you to the corner of A1A and Las Olas. The beach is just across the street,” the girl said. “Awesome, thanks,” Megan said.
Once the flight landed Megan took her one bag pack she had packed for her trip from the overhead compartment and walked out of the airport to find a taxi. Alas, there were no taxis so she talked to the man standing near her. She asked him if he had a ride. He said he did and that his friend was picking him up. So Megan asked him if she could get a ride from his friend to the corner of A1A and Las Olas. He said, “Sure, he would be happy to take you? Do you have a place to stay there?” “Umm, no. I’m not sure where I’m staying yet,” Megan said. “Do you want me to book you a hotel?” said the man. “Umm, no thanks. I’ll be fine. I’m sure I’ll find a place to stay,” said Megan.
So Megan was dropped off at A1A and Las Olas. She found a group of boys her age who offered to buy her a beer so she accepted. She drank her beer with them and chatted for a bit and then bid them adieu. She decided she needed a place to stay, but first, she wanted to check out this clothing store. The clothes in the store were unique and she loved their bathing suits so she went in and looked around. “Hello can I help you?” said the handsome hazel eyed, dark-haired man working at the store. “No thanks. I can’t buy anything right now. I actually have to find a place to stay for the night,” said Megan. “You can stay at my place if you want,” he said. Megan laughed and said, “Umm, I don’t even know you. I was actually thinking about finding a motel or something.” “No don’t that. Stay at my place. We can get to know each other. My name is Laurent. What’s your name?” he said extending his hand out for Megan to shake. Megan shook his hand and said “My name is Megan. Where are you from? You have an accent.” “I’m from Morocco. I have a French accent when I speak English. I speak some French because I’ve moved around, but Arabic is my main language in Morocco,” he said. “Ohhhh,” she said now intrigued.
Megan thought he seemed interesting so she chatted with Laurent and hours passed with them just chatting and finally it was time for him to close up the store so he said, “Are you going to stay at my place now that you know me better? You can stay on the couch if you want.” “Sure, I’d love that,” Megan said now enamored with the exotic Moroccan she had just met. She knew it was crazy to be staying at his place and Jackson would be so angry with her, but she really liked hanging out with Laurent.
Laurent and Megan walked to his apartment nearby. It was a small house and he had a roommate. He also had a really comfortable couch so she was happy. That night they watched movies and drank beer. After a few hours, Megan passed out and woke up to Laurent making breakfast. They had eggs, bacon, and pancake and then afterward Laurent went to work at the clothing store. Megan went with him and they chatted all day and night until it was time for Laurent to close the store again. They both went back to Laurent’s and watched movies and drank beer like the day before and Megan fell asleep on the couch. This went on every day until it was time for Megan to go home. Laurent didn’t want to let her go so he talked to her about staying. “What? Are you crazy? I have to get back to my boyfriend and I have school on Monday,” she said. “Please stay. Aren’t you having fun here? Don’t you like me? You’ll never find anyone else like me,” he said. Megan thought about this for a bit. She did really like Laurent. Fort Lauderdale was gorgeous, the weather was nicer than Rochester’s that’s for sure and for once she was not depressed about life. She hugged Laurent and said, “Sorry, but I really do have to go. I promise I’ll come back next year to see you.” “No you can’t go,” he said and kissed her.
Megan was surprised, but the kiss was so sweet. He had such soft lips and those eyes. They were mesmerizing. So she said, “Okay you know what I’ll do is I’ll stay for another week. I think I can miss a week of school and still be fine, but I really have to go home in one week.” So Megan stayed for another week then the weeks turned to months and Megan finally decided she now has to stay in Fort Lauderdale for good. After a few years of living in Fort Lauderdale, she and Laurent got married.