While Damien was at the Blue Crest Café out on a date, his mind drifted back to 24 hours earlier when his best friend Andy had called him and told him about the date he had set up for him.
“Hi Damien,” said Andy, while Damien waited for him to get to the point.
“What’s going on?” asked Damien.
“What are you doing tomorrow night?”
“Good, because I already told someone that you would show up at 6:00 p.m. at the Blue Crest Café for a date.”
“YOU DID WHAT?”
“You have to go. Besides I already told the person you would be there,” said Andy.
“Dammit Andy! You know how I avoid relationships at all costs.”
Damien drifted back to reality when Eva asked what he was going to order.
“I have no idea. How about you?” asked Andy.
“I’m not sure either,” answered Eva.
Damien glanced at Eva. She was thin, blonde and seemed slightly above average height for a woman. She didn’t seem to have any nervous habits such as biting her nails, which was good. Maybe she wasn’t a psycho, after all. He could only wonder what she thought of him.
They glanced at the menu and both decided to order Fettuccini Alfredo when the waiter came to take their orders. Unfortunately for them, there was an awkward silence while they waited for their food. But after several minutes Damien decided to be brave and talk.
“I have a confession,” said Damien.
“And what’s that?” wondered Eva.
“The only reason I went out on a date with you is because my friend Andy pressured me. I normally don’t like to date. I just prefer to stay focused on my career ambitions and write my novels,” said Damien.
“That’s right! I forgot that Andy said you were a published novelist,” remarked Eva.
“It’s just that I don’t really see the point of dating if you are just going to set yourself up for disappointment. I mean I can accept that I’m not that good looking but that doesn’t mean I have to endure continued rejection.”
“You’re rather frank aren’t you?”
“Well I don’t really see the point in being phony.”
“Did someone hurt you?” asked Eva.
“What do you think?”
“If it makes you feel better, even I have had my fair share of dating blunders. But what separates people like you from me, is that at the end of the end of the day I have moved on from my past relationships.”
“It’s hard to move on if you never get closure.”
Once the food arrived the conversation was actually enjoyable. Damien even found out that Eva was trying to become an actress, but had been unable to launch her career yet.
An hour later, the check had been taken care of and they were about to leave the restaurant when Damien glanced at Eva but was unsure if he should say what he was thinking.
“What is it?” inquired Eva as it became obvious that something was clearly on Damien’s mind.
“Nothing, forget it.”
“Just tell me.”
“I was wondering if you want to go out on another date?”
“Yeah, maybe I would. That actually would be nice.”
Half an hour later as Damien was in his bedroom and was about to fall asleep his phone rang.
“It’s Andy. I just wanted to know how your date went.”
“It was fine.”
“That’s it? You aren’t going to tell me anything else?”
“Eva seemed really nice. Anyway, maybe I am too cynical about love and relationships, but I would appreciate it if in the future you wouldn’t meddle in my life unless I asked you to.”
“She agreed to a second date!” blurted Damien.
“That’s wonderful,” remarked Andy.
After Damien hung up the phone once he was done talking to Andy, he began to realize that even though he still had his reservations about dating, it was time for him to step out of his shell and take a chance on the fact that he could possibly fall in love with someone.
After all, Damien was getting pretty tired of the fact that his life felt like a tragedy.