My roommate Grant has had a crush on our new neighbour across the hall for months. Grant's family lives in Europe so he's spending the Easter holidays alone in Toronto.
My brother and I are going home to the
suburbs for a few days over the Easter weekend. One night we decide to
play a practical joke on Grant. We had to go back downtown to run an
errand so we swing by the apartment and tape a fake note to our door.
It reads: "I've seen you around and I think you're really cute. I see
you're alone for the holiday, too. Feel free to come over if you get
lonely. Apt. 1503."
Later that night I get a call from Grant who had found the note. He fills me in and I play dumb.
"I think I'm going to go over and say hi," Grant tells me.
"No, don't do that," I respond.
"Why not," he asks.
"You don't want to seem desperate. I think you should wait a few days before making a move."
We wanted to keep the prank going a little while longer
so I refrain from coming clean. After some coaxing I persuade Grant to
hold off. I figure I would call him the next night and reveal the joke
and we'd all get a good laugh.
However, the next day I'm busy with
visiting family and cooking Easter dinner. I totally forget to call
When we get home on the Monday, Grant
is in a state of confusion and embarrassment. As soon as I see him I
know exactly what's gone wrong. The little ditchpig couldn't resist! He
went to the neighbour's apartment last night. "So I go
knock on his door," Grant explains, "and he answers. I tell him that I
got the note he left on my door and that I was excited to take him up
on his offer."
"Uh huh," I say like a deer in headlights.
"The guy had no idea what I was talking about. So clearly nothing happened."
"Well that doesn't sound too bad."
"It gets worse," Grant says. "Then the guy's boyfriend came to the door!"
"Shit," I say knowing that I was about to be in big trouble.
"The boyfriend was pissed and neither of us could
explain what the hell was going on. Anyway, I just apologized for the
misunderstanding and ran across the hall."
"OK, I have something to tell you but you have to
promise not to kill me," I say and proceed to confess the whole
To my surprise Grant starts laughing. "Why would you do that?"
"I didn't think you'd actually go over there," I say laughing as well.
"It's really not funny," Grant says. "That could cause them to break up."
"I know. OK, I'll go over and clear things up."
I head over and explain the situation. Our neighbours are not amused but I'm sure it'll blow over.
As time goes by I see them in the hallway and the
lobby but they make no effort to say hello to me. It serves me right.