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Discussion in 'BHM/Both Weight Fiction Archive' started by agouderia, Jan 6, 2015.
Excellent addition (as always).
Oh I love this story..
where can I get a man like him?
Wonderful additions to the story - and so seasonal. German and Dutch Christmas markets are wonderful, wonderful things....
Yay! So good to get more of this!
An idea for another little vignette in your plot might be another time when John and Alex get together. In these last additions you have a scene where John admires Alex's mobility - and not long after that, where Alex puffs on a steep slope. If John and Alex should happen to both be in Bavaria (or some other mountainous place) at the same time, they could challenge one another to hill walking excursions, to improve their mobility and health, or just for a 'typical male challenge'.
A few days or a week of hillwalking and both of them would end up fitter, stronger and faster - and not necessarily any smaller or lighter, depending on how their appetites respond to the stimulus of good, clean exercise.....
Thank you everyone for the kind words!
This unfortunately looks like an 'A' & 'X'-name-overload-confusion - to many Alexes & Maxes around.
John is Alexa's love-sick-weight-losing older brother, based in Cologne.
You must be referring to Max, accidentally weight gaining father of Alex's goddaughter, who originally hails from Bavaria ....
I know the type of male gaining & exercising competition stories you're talking about - but the story isn't heading in that direction.
Why? I don't find the plot line psychologically convincing for males who have been heavier all their lives like these two here. As the chubby guys they were raised knowing that sports were not their strongest point, thus the tendency to avoid such situations.
It works well for two guys from the 'jocks who get fat squad' - they grew up and defined themselves through such competitive games, so including such an episode would work there.
love the new chapters! Thank you for the early Christmas present
*contented sigh of repletion*
Amazing as always
You're right, I was confusing John and Max - though, in that last encounter with John, there are the seeds of future companionship or rivalry between Alex and John, if you want to go that way.
Or rivalry between Max and Alex - there is more rivalry between 'fat guys' then you might think, if they're young - I see it in my college classroom regularly. It just expresses itself in odd ways, sometimes.
But, the story is yours, to take where you will, and we're all just along to enjoy the ride.
Again, thanks for the great writing.
[New Year - new chapter - all the best wishes to all readers for 2016!]
“I don’t see what you’re trying to make me feel guilty about or apologize for, Alex.” Alexa coolly shifted gears before the next sharp downhill curve on their way back to Max’s. “It was a lovely snow outing, I did some great skiing with Chris&Tina – you had a sunny day on the terrace, took some spectacular pics from what I saw on screen - and must have had a nice talk with Walter Sattler, who is a great guy and could be interesting for you professionally.”
Growling to himself he crossed his arms tightly over his belly and looked outside the passenger window in a huff. The problem – she was right as always. She had done nothing wrong – only the situation had once more made him feel like the super fat unwanted outcast. He had thought nothing of agreeing to visit Christian at Christina’s family chalet in St. Anton, only 150 kilometers from Max’s parents for a day of skiing together. They had set out in the early still dark morning to join Chris&Tina for an abundant breakfast at home, which proved to be not a fancy chalet, but a historic local farm house lovingly refurbished in understated, authentic fashion with only Christina’s uncomplicated engineer brother Sebastian around with his family.
The ride by cable car up to the peak was fascinating because half way up they broke through the dense fog to be greeted by bright sunshine. The steel-blue light on the border of fog and sunshine reflecting the ice and snow was the most spectacular he had ever seen and he pressed himself against the window to get as many angles as possible with his camera. His problems started on exiting the cable car: At the altitude of 2.400 meters there was notably less oxygen in the air and he immediately was out of breath on climbing 4 steps out of the station, his heart racing. Walking two more steps, he suddenly found himself on his back, propped up by a pile of snow, an extremely concerned Alexa hovering over him: “Alex – are you okay? Did you hurt yourself? Can you move your arms and legs?” before snapping something at Christina who sped off.
“I’m fine. Must’ve stepped on some ice and slipped…”
“Really? Can you twist your ankles? What about your head…. I mean falling … with your weight …. we need to be really careful…..”
“Alexa – I’m honestly fine!” he growled. “My parka and ass are both thick enough to cushion the fall. This is a pile of snow – nothing happened!” inwardly acknowledging though that she might be right. He did not want to have to deal with a serious injury at his current size.
Christina returned handing Alexa a small pack, who ripped it open and fiddled something onto his boots: “These are shoe-chains, like those for tires. They will give you better footing and prevent you from slipping.” She planted a kiss on his lips which didn’t help – he hated being patient super-fat-so to nurse Alexa more than anything. Christian gave him a hand in heaving himself up, he brushed off the snow to ask: “So – where can I get some beginner skis around here?”
Christina briefly pushed up her ski goggles from her pale eyes to give him an unreadable stare: “There are no options for ski beginners up here. Only red and black slopes for advanced to expert skiers.”
“You can walk around a bit on the marked hiking paths up here on the plateau, relax on the sun terrace of the lodge, work with your camera on take great pics in this light, Alex darling. Skiing lessons for you weren’t on the agenda,” Alexa tried to hug him and give his middle a reassuring rub.
“Girls – we need to be going. The next cable car is coming, it’s packed. Let’s get away from here before the huge crowd comes,” Christian urged, kicking off diagonally down the slope.
“Have fun! It’s really lovely up here,” with a quick parting smooch Alexa left too. Standing there rooted in frustration, he was overrun by the crowds out of the cable car minutes later, many of them bumping into him, swearing and barking to get his fat ass out of the way. Getting going, he noticed that he did have a safer step with the snow chains, being out of practice walking on ice and snow, even without the added risk of his massively increased bulk. Nevertheless he felt as out of place and rejected as possible.
Moving slowly, undecidedly, he took a look around the plateau, at the lodge with the terrace, the scenic outpost platform on one of the lower peaks from where it was more than worthwhile to take a few pictures. On his way back to the lodge, he was intercepted by the returning skier threesome, who were glowing with exertion and fun. “Everything alright with you Alex? We’ll do one round over the entire circuit and then come back for a snack on the terrace with you, okay? You can reserve a nice table for us please if you get there earlier…,”
“Ughugh – sure…,” he grumbled to decide that he would definitely not do that. Looking at them as they headed off again, their encounter must have resembled Jabba the Hut meeting the cool aliens: Alexa a galactic princess in dusty pale blue, Christina a very cool space ship officer in head-to-toe silver and Christian something like Darth Vader’s enormous hulking body guard in tight black. He did not need any more of that. So he lumbered along the narrow path to the outer end of the ski arena, took more pictures, relaxed a bit on an isolated bench hidden by a rock and did not return to the terrace at the arranged time, instead wandered to the end of the trail.
After studying the map there, he took a different path back to be rewarded by interesting rock formations and as he went around the last bend to see the lodge again a few hundred meters ahead, Christina joined him from above in a silver swoosh. “I had a hunch you might have taken that trail – it has great sights, doesn’t it?” she unclicked her skies, took them under her arm and started to walk back with him. “I’m truly sorry. I took it for granted that you ski – didn’t even ask Alex. I’d never have suggested this had I known – we could’ve done something else together.”
“Nah … it’s okay… “
“No – I can see it isn’t okay. I definitely didn’t want to make you feel left out. I’m sorry,” she quickly jumped in front of him for a few steps where the path was too narrow for two. “You had Alex honestly worried when you weren’t on the terrace. Somehow though I knew there was nothing physically wrong- more like situational. So I told them I’d go look for you, since this is my home turf.” She looked at him openly. “Is there anything I can do? Do you want the house keys, so you can ride back down, maybe get to know Sebastian a little more?”
“No – it’s okay.” He said this with a firmness he didn’t feel, sensing she meant well. “I’ll go have a coffee, take some more pictures - that really is worthwhile up here.”
“Tina – Tina!” Before he could answer, a man called at her loudly and waved with a crutch from beside the terrace.
“Walter-wie schön!” Christina cheek kissed the man in greeting. “Walter Sattler – old family friend. This is Alex Bartholomon, Alexandra’s great new partner!” prompting them to shake hands, surprised he was awarded the honor of the pretty definite title ‘partner’. “What happened? Why are you on crutches? Vati mentioned you weren’t doing well…”
“I finally had to have that back surgery …. healing is slow and painful…. Decided to come up for a day with Valerie though…”
“Oh, I’m sorry. Hope you recover soon…,” a smile creeping over her features. “Why don’t you join Alex for coffee on the terrace? You two have a professional background in common. Alex here is an engineer too, works in renewable energies….”
“That’s very interesting! Good idea! Thank you Tina, greetings to your parents and Sebastian with family. Come Alex …. If I may call you so…”
“Of course sir. Can I help you in any way?”
“No –slowly does it.” As they reached the terrace, Walter must have good connections for they got a great table with a bench along the far end of the lodge’s wall with a breathtaking view, an extra pile of pillows and he ordered a fresh local beer and a specialty soup for them. Wincing in pain as he settled against the cushions, Walter moaned: “Whatever you do in life my boy, don’t fall for the temptations of a second trophy wife. Stay with Alexandra – she’s one of the perfect girls anyway!”
“Umm … yes sir, I’ll try!” wondering where this amount of familiarity came from.
Their beers arrived and Walter took a long draught. “Sorry my boy, you probably think I’m a rambling old idiot. Alexandra of course is a grown woman, I mean no disrespect. I went to university with Christina’s father, have known her since she was born – and consequentially Christian and his siblings since elementary school. They'll always be the kids in my eyes. Just venting, made the mistake of giving up my original family for a glamorous wife number two. Now I struggle to keep up with her and her demands. Would strongly advise against it.”
“Umm – I understand sir.” The look on his face must have been taken aback though, for Walter shook himself.
“Sorry – I think that still was … how do you say – too much information?” letting him nod. “These painkillers somehow prevent me from thinking before I speak. All I’m trying to say, make sure your time with Countess Alexandra lasts. Tell me more about yourself – you’re an engineer? Have you worked on power generators?”
The chat with Walter had been friendly and interesting, he had taken some he believed beautiful pictures of the sun going down over the snow covered mountains – but having to descend alone in the cable car while the others skied all the way down into the valley made him get into the car full of self-pitying resentment. After this last line of their argument, he sulked in silence all the way back to Max’s, where he declined dinner at Julia’s, instead went on to picture sorting and editing.
The next morning his grumpiness hadn’t subsided, on the contrary it was fueled by being ravenously hungry. He let Alexa sleep in and went down to Eva’s kitchen to help himself to an extensive breakfast, not letting his arm be twisted to taste a few things for New Year’s Eve dinner. After the fifth thick roll, and several other bits of Christmas bakery he reclined with some berry quark balanced on his gut, exhaling and feeling much better as his stomach signaled a certain filling level again. His mind remained muddled though, the escape reflex winning the upper hand, the need to get out into the open and be alone.
In their apartment, Alexa was in the shower so he grabbed his parka, pulled on his boots and headed out. A cry of “Alless, Alless, Alless” greeted him in the driveway, with Max and the kids coming over to his parents.
“You going out for a walk…,” Max struggled to keep Carolina in her stroller.
“Yeah – need some fresh air…”
“Out mit Alless.., out mit Alless..,” Carolina insisted.
“No – you can’t go out with Alex now sweetie – we’re going to see Omi,” Max reasoned. “And Uncle Alex needs to be alone….”
“Out, out, out mit Alless,” she wailed, kicking wildly.
“It’s okay Max. I’ll take her, don’t mind Carolina coming along.” He bent over and undid her buckles, pulling her out. “Come with Uncle Alex cutie,” holding her hand as she wanted to toddle off with him.
“She’s really cranky, needs a nap. She almost didn’t sleep, some new teeth are on the way.”
“No problem, I’ll take the stroller along – she’s good at falling asleep outside….” He grabbed the stroller bar with his other hand and fell into the extremely slowed down and shortened steps necessary to match Carolina’s scamper. “Cat,” she pointed to one hurrying around the corner.
“Yes, that’s a cat,” he smiled down at her. “Look over there … can you see the dog?”
“Yah … dod …” she pointed to a dachshund looking through a garden fence. He could tell from her slowing steps and how she rubbed her eye with her mitten that she was very tired. As soon as they had turned off the street into the farm lane, she stopped and stretched out her arms: “Up Alless!”
Setting the brake on the stroller with one foot, he picked her up and let her settle over his shoulder. Leaning against a small wall, he pushed out his belly so she could half rest on it like on a bean bag, rocking her lightly and rubbing her back. “You’re real sleepy cutie, hugh? Papa was right….” And within minutes she went limp with sleep. Careful not to wake her, he fitted her in the stroller and covered her up to continue his walk.
Carolina’s lively intervention did have the effect of taking his mind off his self-obsessed brooding and he decided to do the long walk up the hill from where he could see the lake. This winter was much milder than the last and he had to open his parka half-way up, as he stopped to catch his breath hot and winded. It was notably tougher than last year – he felt his higher weight as he shoved his gut uphill. And logically, Carolina at 18 months in a bigger stroller was heavier than an infant. As he reached the hill-top, he was puffing with stitches in his side, cursing himself for not having brought a drink of water. The scenery was worth it though: Rolling foothills stretched for about 30 miles to the snow covered Alps, the landscape itself was a turbulent mix of green and gray, with a stiff, mild breeze from the south-west and fast-moving, looming clouds.
After his breathing was back to normal, he tried to sort his contradictory emotions. He was as angry with himself as he was with Alexa. Sure, it hadn’t been the best idea to take him along on an outing where he couldn’t really participate. On the other hand, as boyfriend, he should be fair enough to not begrudge her one day of skiing she enjoyed with her brother. Somewhere in the dark recesses of his subconscious, he also knew she was right – his weight was not the actual issue. Even 2 years ago, at 108 kilograms, he wouldn’t instantly have learned to ski red or black slopes intended for the experts. He would’ve had to have taken skiing lessons on the baby slopes way further down the mountain – not fully participating in their outing either. And he would’ve felt just as stupid and inferior about it as he did yesterday.
It had been this way since their first day at FuturePowers: He had always seen Alexa as way out of his league in every respect. His automatic response had been to build himself a shield out of negative interpretations of Alexa’s actions to keep him from hopeless love and hurt. She had managed to break or circumvent that shield – leaving him vulnerable. Experience had shown though, that being without Alexa hurt even more than occasional occurrences like yesterday when he wished he was everywhere except with her.
Remembering that there was a water spring beyond the little woods on the other farm lane he made his way over the bumpy, muddy trail shuttling the stroller over tree roots and through ruts until Carolina half woke up and started whimpering. At the spring, he grabbed one of the spare cups from the stroller bag Hannah always hauled around and gulped down 4 cups of icy water before quietly rocking the stroller to get Carolina back to sleep. With a deep breath, he kicked a log lying there over a dozen times until the negative jumble in his mind was somehow kicked out too.
Zoë was right – he had a great life and personal circle here, it was worth fighting for. Walter probably was right too – holding onto a perfect woman like Alexa was the only sensible thing to do. Even if it didn’t last, breaking it off earlier than necessary out of fear of it ending made even less sense.
Back at the house, he handed Carolina to Hannah and found Alexa in Julia’s kitchen making dumplings. “There you are! Did you have a good walk? Julia is teaching me to make spinach&cheese dumplings!” Alexa smiled at him but her look was guarded and questioning.
“Mmmmh – dumplings, lovely new dumplings!” he growled and wrapped Alexa in a fierce hug, enveloping her in as much flesh as possible as he backed her against the table with an intense kiss, murmuring into her ear: “I’m so sorry, I’m a big fat idiot. You have every right to enjoy skiing with your family. You don’t deserve me being such a jerk.”
“You’re not a jerk. You were just disappointed you couldn’t come along. I should’ve discussed the exact plans with you more in detail beforehand. I didn’t think. I want you to be happy my biggest, roundest most wonderful dumpling…,” she kissed him back.
“Alexa – your normal-size dumplings need your attention now! Otherwise they’ll start boiling and will disintegrate. I’ll take care of your giant dumpling, busy him with something to taste,” Julia commented drily.
Otherwise their Christmas vacation at Max’s was as lovely as the previous, only emotionally even more fulfilling with Alexa in his arm. Given that his appetite and capacity had increased from enormous last year to what might be called humungous this year it amounted to physically exceptionally filling. Julia had given his gut a much raised eyebrows appraisal on arriving, with a little slap: “You must be the only guy I’ve ever met to go on a total anti-diet with a new girlfriend… and I can see it’s been rubbing off on Max up there in The Hague. But you two seem very happy with each other – in every respect … isn’t that so? Not lll..”
“Yes, we’re very happy. Alexa fortunately doesn’t mind anti-diets… What else did you want to say?”
“Nothing – enjoy all Christmas treats. I have a great new red-cabbage roll recipe to try tonight!”
Enjoy his Christmas treats from Eva and Julia, now with help from Alexa he definitely did. Especially in the 48 hours following his apology to Alexa, in which he ate continuously as it rained nonstop. Sitting inside, something eatable was always at hand – and since last Christmas, or at the latest his autumn eating spree, he was becoming addicted to the lustily illicit pleasure of pushing a heavily stuffed gut ahead of himself.
Sitting down to dinner that evening, he was intrigued how far he already had to spread his thighs for his gut to stretch comfortably before him. The next day, he was so full as early as after lunch, he couldn’t bend down comfortably to untie his shoes for relaxing on the couch, so he wiggled out of them with the help of a shoe horn and his toes with a profound belch and sigh. Loosening his belt, Alexa was suddenly behind him, undid the waistband and pulled down his pants: “No couch, there’s not enough room for both of us. Let’s cuddle up a bit on the bed!”
The entanglement of their limbs, Alexa’s smooth with his fleshy ones was a beguiling pleasure every time a new. Having her rub and stroke all the squishy flab over his stuffed stomach, the dense gelatinous mass blending into his thick side tires – sleepy bliss made him glide barely below the level of consciousness. Fully waking again, he could feel his manhood throb from all the animation running through his flab, letting him roll himself over Alexa pressing his weight into her as he started to kiss and nibble her breasts.
Soon they were gyrating various body parts against each other, the squishing and squeezing of his wobbly bulges fueling his excitement. Alexa knew how to keep him hovering in that state endlessly prolonging the fun by teasingly feeding him cookies in between until he came explosively. Their tryst left him physically glowing with a recharged appetite, so he went to get a small ‘Brotzeit’ with beer and a cheese pretzel before the afternoon coffee and cake.
In the early afternoon of New Year’s Eve it finally stopped raining and he accompanied Max and the restless children to the lake because Maurice’s new hobby was flooding. The water had not quite reached the lakeside esplanade yet but at some points little waves would spill over, enough to satisfy Maurice and Carolina and keep him busy in preventing her from tumbling all the way in.
When she tired, they put her into the stroller and could actually walk some more, Max busying Josephine and Maurice will all sorts of memory and guessing games. As they ran off to identify some trees, Max asked him unprompted: “You and Alexa are real happy right now, aren’t you?”
“Ummm … yeah … would say so …. why?” The question did come as a surprise.
“Hmmph – overheard you guys yesterday afternoon – came to get your latest pics of the kids…”
“Oh shit – I’m sorry,” he felt his cheeks flame with in a mixture of embarrassment, titillating memory and not least pride. “Were we too loud?”
“No – no – you can’t hear what’s going on in the apartment from upstairs – thankfully. I just stood right outside the door.”
“Again – sorry ….,”
“Why sorry? Be glad it’s that way…,” Max’s sentence ended in a mutter. “Ummm …. does Alexa still …. ummm …. was it ever an issue for her that you got even bigger lately?”
“No – fortunately it never has been.”
“Lucky bastard…,” Max grumbled darkly and kicked some stones into the water.
It was the frustrated kick he knew well enough from himself that made him in a flash realize what Max’s convoluted questioning was all about; filling him with shocked empathy, but also instant thankfulness for Alexa’s love of his girth. He could impossibly tell Max that his girl totally went off when she could pleasure herself with his wobbling flesh.
“Is everything okay with you and Hannah?” suddenly remembering the weird pause Julia had made when she touched on the issue with him.
“Everything is fine.” The response was too curt to be credible.
“Max – if something is wrong – you can really tell me.” In this moment realizing fully that Max was the best friend he had ever had. “You’re one of two people in the world who knows everything about me…. If there is anything I can do… ?”
“No –forget it! It’s nothing! Don’t you dare say a word I ever mentioned anything to Hannah-okay!”
All the way back they just spoke with the children and as he returned to their apartment, Alexa wasn’t there. Making him suddenly miss her with an intense physical longing that he almost smothered her as she came back in, pink-cheeked and wind-blown: “Hey cool it! I didn’t emigrate – only borrowed Julia’s bike to go pick up the trout for tomorrow at the fish farm two villages from here.” gasping as he stopped her with another burying kiss.
“You’re so wonderful, I can’t tell you how wonderful you are…. so sweet …. and kind …. and caring….,” emphasizing each adjective with another kiss.
“What’s up?” she pinched his cheeks and pulled back his head by them. “What happened that made you realize from a 2 hour separation that I’m a valuable person for you?”
“Umm … nothing. Just wanted to show you how much you mean…,” kissing her again to not have to finish his sentence.
“No-no-no – don’t forget I have three brothers. I know all about guys trying to hide guilt – or suddenly in a flash realizing their good fortune. It never comes out of the blue. There’s always a reason. Did Max say something?”
“Oh … no … no … not at all…”
“Aha – is everything okay between Max and Hannah?” Alexa narrowed her eyes in scrutinizing him.
“No – yes - of course it is,” shocked at how quickly she had come to this conclusion and uncomfortably feeling himself blush.
“Okay. I’ll change now, start getting ready for our small New Year’s Eve party,” throwing him one discerning look over her shoulder.
Max’s confession left him with such humbling gratitude for being blessed with such a loving, tolerant woman – vowing to never again doubt his good fortune over some social status trivia. It also dented his appetite considerably, giving in to a subconscious urge of not wanting to set a bad example for his friend’s struggles. In addition, he found himself observing Hannah with more critical eyes, like how she cleared Max’s plate before everyone was finished or so.
As the New Year’s fireworks went off, he and Alexa shared a long, lingering kiss to end it with “Happy New Year my love,” in unison, making them both laugh in delight and kiss again. Watching the sparkling lights shoot across the sky, he remembered that he had stood here exactly a year ago, then slightly jealous of Max and Hannah. Recollecting his three wishes from back then – he noted that two of them had actually come true: He had the perfect love-interest in his arm and was as satisfyingly overfed as never before. Only the job resolution was more up in the air than ever before, casting a regrettably large shadow over his life.
On the morning of January 2nd, as they had agreed upon, he and Max both walked over to the dairy to get on their freight scale. Standing in front of it, he noticed Max’s reluctance, took off his shoes and said: “I’ll go first your numbers can only be better in comparison
The digital display blinked up with 188.1 kilograms, once more those odd cold goosebumps erupting all over him. Getting off the scale and fumbling back into his shoes, tying the laces on a step to reach easier, he dug his fingers along the soft flesh expanse on the side of his gut, once more astounded how pleasant that felt. A year ago, he had planned to add another 10 kilograms to complete his ECJ project he had ended up with gaining 35. All in all it was 80 kilograms or 175 pounds in 2 years. Somewhere he had read that 1 kilogram of fat amounted to 6,000 calories, meaning he had ingested an excessive 480.000 calories over his necessary consumption. If he divided that by the 730 days of the time period that meant, he did the mental math, an extra about 655 calories per day. That in turn didn’t sound like very much at all, only about an extra normal burger a day. Unbelievable what that had added up to, running his hand along the wide full curve of his belly.
A groan from Max brought him back from his contemplations. “144.6 kilograms
. 6 more of holiday fat.” Max shook his head. “What are you going to do? Do you have a goal?”
. Stop gaining even more
. Enough is enough, I guess. I’m saving my New Year’s resolutions for after the court hearing I don’t know which way I’ll be heading until after then
. What about you?”
“Get back under 130 kilograms, be able to use a normal scale again. Something like 128 for the time being plus 5 kilograms per child seems realistic, or not
?” Max gave him an insecure grin.
“Sounds very sensible to me
,” it suddenly struck him that the 175 pounds he had gained were exactly the goal weight his mother had always postulated for him, that he had never reached and had last weighed when he was about 14. So he was hauling no less than Alex 2.0 around his middle, who wobbled with heavy familiarity as they headed back downhill.
.. did you talk to Hannah
“What do you mean did I talk to Hannah?”
“What I told you the other day
. asked you not to talk to about
“Oh no I didn’t. Of course not. Why?”
“She’s really trying to be nicer to me
. I can tell
. Even though I can also see how hard she’s trying, which isn’t exactly a turn on
It’s not a good feeling if someone you love has to force herself to go through the motions of physical intimacy with you. Did you say anything to her?”
“No I honestly didn’t. Maybe she talked to Alexa, they went biking together yesterday,” wondering what she might have said or done in this context. “It’s a big change, literally, for her too. Give her some time to get used to it.”
“When we first got together, I always wondered why she fell for me as the chubby guy in the first place. She had grown up with all the army hard bodies around her. Told myself I had more brains and humor to offer than most of them did as compensation
. looks like I have too much to compensate now
“You have nothing to compensate. You’re the best husband and father she can wish for- and she knows that. There’s just more of you to love now,” using Alexa’s favorite quote and putting as much assurance in his voice as possible, “Hannah will learn to appreciate that.”
Nevertheless it was only Alexa who headed with them to Munich cloths shopping and for the sake of being sensible, they shared a portion of second breakfast white sausages with a small beer each. At the larger of the two big&tall stores, she concentrated on getting Max outfitted, rather shamelessly flirting with him, leaving him to a tiny, impish sales girl in Bavarian costume dress. Acknowledging that Max was much more in need of positive attention than he at the moment, he made a conscious effort to switch off the jealousy button. “You came last Christmas holiday too, sir- correct?” the sales girl she looked too tiny to call her a woman, even though she had to be around 30 smiled at him. “You have had a good year, have grown even statelier, I am impressed. What do you need? We have shirts here on sale, will bring out your embonpoint in best shape
Her quaint earnestness and the funny Bavarian accent in her English forced him to grin and he let her take charge which she did with the expertise and enthusiasm he had grown accustomed to with Alexa. She in turn checked on them after a while, only to gushingly praise the sales girl and insist he buy everything that had been selected for him: 1 light-weight suit, 1 sports-coat, 3 slacks, 5 shirts, 2 sweat-shirts and 4 polos. “Alexa this is too much, we still need to solve the tux& tails issue
“No worries, buy those, your wardrobe can use a re-fill. Tux&tails will be taken care of this afternoon.”
They had lunch together in their favorite downtown restaurant, before Max headed off to meet up with a school friend. Alexa led him on a short, but slightly confusing walk through the crisscross of narrow little streets and alleys in the old-town of Munich until they stopped in front of the side-entrance of a very modern-stylish building, like a space ship among the historic houses.
“Alex promise me you won’t be mad whatever happens now, okay? Just don’t get upset see it as something that is only the best for you, please? Can you promise that?”
Her appeal left him dreading what was to come even more, but he gave a short nod and muttered: “Promise.”
In the entry hall of the building, a very tall, his own height young woman with coltish limbs and a mane of curly red hair awaited them, who immediately smothered Alexa in a hug, before chattering off with her in high-speed German. “Alex meet my second cousin Freya. Freya, this is my Alex.”
“Ooouuh, you were right, he is Alexander the Big. I’m Alex’s enfant terrible cousin Freya, I work here at the Bavarian State Opera as costume designer,” she winked at him brightly, her accent an almost theatrical British. Her own outfit was costume like enough, short-long-floaty in vibrant colors swirling around her, her long legs in what looked like actual ballet slippers as she led the way through wide hallways. Opening a double-door, they entered a smaller corridor filled with racks and racks of all types of clothing. From jeans to jewel embellished clouds of fabric for indefinable purposes. Finally they reached a smaller workshop with an enormous empty table, some sewing machines and a rack of evening suits.
“Take off your parka stand over here in the light, stand straight, neither suck in nor stick out your tummy
,” giving it a pat. “Arms straight up at your sides to shoulder height, feet about 25 centimeters more apart
- you can do metric, can’t you?”
“I’m an engineer of course I can do metric Alexa what is this
“As Freya said, she’s one of the costume designers here. Opera is the one place I could think of with many bigger guys in evening suits so I asked her to help
. Is that okay?” her expression was anxious and apologetic.
“I’m not going to hurt you Alex,” Freya flicked back her mane. “I’m going to make you look fantastic, better than Pavarotti at his prime. You are much better looking than he was anyway, no silly dyed Sauerkraut-beard, great broad shoulders, nice round ass to balance your belly
,” she was poking around his back with a yardstick. “These here are costume suits that have all been worn, but the singers are no longer contracted here. As discussed with Alex, we’ll find you a white-tie tailcoat and a dinner-jacket. I’ll alter it fit to measure, sew up the seams properly not in massive costume stitches, have it dry-cleaned and add lining so you’ll be fit for the royal stage!” Her grin was devilish.
All of this sounded awful but it was indeed likely to solve his problem. Taking a deep breath, he followed all instructions, tried on whatever was pushed towards his arms or legs and ignored the comments and chatter from Freya and Alexa as far as possible. Which proved very easy since they soon switched back to German when not addressing him directly, talking in the kind of oral shorthand with unfinished sentences, abbreviations and allusions of 2 people who had known each other forever. That could be difficult to follow in one’s native language in a foreign one it was hopeless. In addition, it was the hour which always brought him a midday drowsiness, asking for coffee, at best with cake or a nap, his eyes slightly glazing over. Whenever Alexa asked him something, he just nodded until she gave up: “Even now, yes is not the answer to everything Alex!”
“Hmmh don’t know
” making her and Freya laugh.
“Okay that one is definitely the tailcoat I’ll make a white as well as a black vest to go with it.”
“I would say that tux,” Alexa pointed to the one Freya was holding. “
even though I honestly prefer the midnight blue one to the black ones. But there simply are some occasions where only black is deemed comme il faut
“Take both. You’re right, the blue is much better with his eyes, hair and complexion. For the occasions when the issue is really looking good, not some formal protocol.”
“No Alexa that really is too much
” he protested.
“See he can say no!” Freya laughed. “It’s no issue. You get the suits at the stock clearance rate for employees, meaning they’re 30-75 per suit, plus the material I use. I’m not charging my cousin to make her and her big beau happy, am I?”
Oh, thank you! What a lovely New Year gift
Thank you for the chapters!
In an entirely affectionate way, I have to say Alexa's "sweet nothings" as whispered to Alex kind-of puts me in mind of the Baron and Baroness from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang...
Lol...i couldn't place it, but now that you mention it...yea!!
Thank you for the appreciative comments Tad & Xyantha!
I need help with this reference.
I saw the movie ages ago, read the book (also a long time ago but it's very different from the movie) - but I can't place it. In addition I scanned my text and also couldn't quite figure out the context.
It was mostly the use of "Dumpling" as a term of endearment. That was about it.
Separate names with a comma.