By Enrico Maso, translated into English by Ruth Stephens
Chapter 1 – The Dinner
“OK, then. Dinner at my place tomorrow evening?”
Giulio is on the phone to his old friend, Riccardo.
“Now I’ll call Mattia. See you tomorrow.”
Giulio rings off and looks for Mattia’s number. “Hope it’s not changed,” he thinks, “fingers crossed.”
The phone rings just three times and then Mattia’s voice answers, “Pronto?”
“Hi there, old pal! Guess who this is,” answers Giulio with his hand over his mouth.
“Giulio! It’s you!” exclaims Mattia, without hesitation. “What a long time it’s been!”
“But how….?” begins Giulio
“Come on, don’t mess about, where are you? Here in Italy?” asks Mattia.
“Yes, I came back a few days ago and I’m staying for the Christmas holidays,“ explains Giulio.
“Listen, tomorrow we’re having a dinner at my place. Don’t make any other plans.”
“We?” queries Mattia
“Yes, Riccardo, me and you. No excuses, tomorrow evening at my place. I’ve got it all planned.”
The two friends say goodbye and Giulio looks towards his kitchen. He’ll need to go shopping, do some cooking, and prepare everything. He wants it to be a perfect evening – he hasn’t seen his friends since he went to live in London.
The dinner goes well. Giulio has even made a cake. As he cuts slices from it he says:
“I’ve got an announcement to make.”
Mattia and Riccardo look at him expectantly.
“Um…” begins Giulio, “Well, this summer Sara and I are getting married!”
“That’s great!” says Riccardo.
“Oh, poor us!” laughs Mattia.
The three drink a toast to the news.
Then, to celebrate, Mattia suggests a trip to the mountains, like they used to do when they were children.
“A last adventure,all together, before the wedding,” he says
“It’ll be fun!”