Turns out Tom was right.
All it took was one meal while Marvy Maarof and I stared agog from the adjacent table.
My usually ineffectual gay-dar went into a tizzy when I saw Frank having a tete-a-tete with a male intern in the pantry. Supposedly a lil adopted brother. Just when I thought the workplace couldn't possibly get any gay-er. Didn't catch them in flagrante delicto but with the obvious intimacy over their shared meal, there might as well have been candlelight and violins playing.
Sure interns are plenty in the hospital but with the strict hierarchy in the medical pantry, very few of us cross borders to share meals. It happens of course - but it's kinda hard sharing a roti paratha after giving a stern reprimand to them during the rounds earlier.
If only all lil brothers looked like this!
Of course it gets even more peculiar when we find out that the smooth-faced intern's not working that day. Surely the bland hospital fare can't be that irresistible. So Maarof and I smiled even as we eyed the duo with repressed glee over our cokes.
Turns out it's not the first time for Ferocious Frank. Even more suspicious when I heard he has an entire succession of cute little brothers. Though little would be an understatement since most would reasonably be in the nubile realm of their early twenties.
Maarof : He calls them adik angkat.
Paul : Seriously. That's what we're calling boytoys now?
Maarof : Not the first time I've seen them. You'll see him with a different adik every once in a while.
Paul : Giving oral lessons?
Maarof : You're so bad.
Paul : And does he spank them with a big rod when they get naughty?
Maarof : Maybe! I'm starting to feel we're both intruding into their together time!
Paul : They should so get a room.
Maarof : Hopefully not mine.
Even if the clandestine meets were utterly innocent - and they actually spent their time playing pinochle, I think there's a deep-seated spark somewhere there. Dorothy darling, I think you've found a new friend.
Adik angkat eh? Maybe it's I started throwing some brotherly affection around as well.