I was just leaving my building when a familiar face came running down the street.
"Hold the door!" He yelled as my fingers lost grip of it, lunging to catch it. As it shut, he reached me. I winced, pulling my key out and opening it for him.
"There you go. Sorry about missing it in the first place." I muttered, offering him a smile.
"You haven't called. I've been waiting for you to call." He looked to his feet, clearly not terribly comfortable with this conversation.
"I've been meaning to," I said honestly. "But it's been really hectic lately. I am sorry." I offered him a better smile, a little idea popping into my head. "I have to get to work. Nice seeing you again though."
He looked slightly sad as I walked away, turning a corner as quickly as I could. I pressed myself up against a wall, pulling my mobile out of my pocket and dialling the number on his business card.
"Hello?" He asked.
"Yeah, umm. I'm looking for Howie." I stopped myself from laughing into the phone when he still hadn't realised it was me.
"Yes this is him. How can I help you?"
I smiled to myself. "Yeah, I was wondering if you were busy this evening."
"Umm, who is this?" He sounded rather confused. Brilliant.
"This is Magda Goulder. I'm getting back to you now. Sorry I haven't called earlier." We shared a little laugh - his was rather cute.
"Are you stood around the corner?" He asked. I could hear footsteps coming towards me - it was him. As he turned the corner, I mumbled "Yes." into the phone.
"So what's this about tonight?" He asked with a smile.
"Me and you. Dinner. What do you think?"
"It's conventional for the guy to ask the girl out." He seemed a little down-trodden so I stepped back. Had I really just asked someone out? What was happening to me? I felt more confident, but also so much less, like there was this bad influence in my life.
"Ok then. Ask me out." I offered him my hand as a sign.
"Magda. Are you busy tonight?"
"Why no, Howie, I'm not. Is there any reason that you're asking?"
"Would you like to come to dinner with me this evening?" I smiled at him.
"I'd be honoured."