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We then went down to the Russian ladies social, but it was pretty late and it was the last day. Teddy briefly spoke without enthusiasm with a few of the remaining Russian ladies. When the social was over, he asked me to come to his room in an hour to make the call to Natasha. So now I was knocking at his door. Who knows what he could do in his present state of mind, so I knocked with all my strength. It worked. I heard Teddy's sleepy voice and in 3 minutes he opened the door. I saw the empty bottle on the table and noticed alcohol on his breath. "Oh, Teddy, please, do not drink." He told me he was terribly disappointed and wanted to call Natasha's parents and tell them what a terrible daughter they had. I suggested to let me speak with Natasha in the evening. He did not know what to do. He had not attended most of the Russian Ladies socials and had put all his hopes in this Natasha. He was not interested in anybody else. "Wait" I said, "What about that charming blond, Nina. You showed me her photo two days ago!" "Yeah! I forgot! Nina, yes, Nina!!! Call her, please, now. Actually I was supposed to call earlier. Her number is on the dresser."
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I called Nina to her home town Samara, and was amazed how happy she was to hear from Teddy. " I have been waiting for his call for two days". I told her that he was a little sick and did not attend the Russian ladies socials during the last two days (which was really not far from the truth) and she promised to come the next day. Afterwards we called Natasha but nobody answered, so Teddy asked me to go to dinner with him. He did not want a date with anybody. Over dinner he continued to talk about Natasha. "Do you think it is possible that she could still like me?" he asked again and again as a child. I tried to calm him and eventually escorted him back to the hotel.
My phone rang early next morning. Of course it was Teddy. He could not wait to ask me to call Natasha. I did, and Natasha's mum said that Natasha had returned yesterday very depressed. She said that Teddy had not come and that she had waited for an hour outside the entrance. It had been very cold and after an hour she decided to go to the Russian ladies socials since she already made this long trip from the outer Moscow region.
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