Jared and Sara
Jared's palms were sweaty as he got out of his car. He couldn't believe it had been that long. Has it really been four months since he's gone on a date? Sure, the fact that he'd graduated from university and had to find a job was a contributing factor to the many other reasons why he'd neglected his social life. But he'd always been the ladies' man. Cool, charming, smooth. But as he approached the entrance of the restaurant, he couldn't help but feel vaguely...pathetic.
Deep breaths Jared.
Swinging the glass door open to the restaurant, he headed towards the reception where a woman welcomed him with a warm smile. "And what can I do for you sir?"
"Reservation for two under the name Marks? Kevin Marks?"
She looked through the computer and eventually nodded, smiling. "Yes. Let me get someone to take you to the table. Jones!"
Jared followed the host, a sheen of sweat breaking out on his forehead. Kevin had told him this would go perfectly well. Sure, easy for him to say, all he ever did was go on dates all the time with different girls. He'd been in the game for a long time. But for someone who joined it after a long hiatus, it felt risky. Especially since this was one was a blind date.
The last relationship Jared had been in hadn't ended well at all. He dumped his ex on the night of her birthday and remembered leaving her apartment in a hurry, knowing how she was known for her temper. Thinking back on that, this didn't feel scary at all.
Looking up absent-mindedly from his thoughts, Jared froze when his gaze lingered towards a table for two located not too faraway where a very familiar looking woman was sitting. And he had a strong feeling that where we were headed was exactly towards that table.
He licked his lips, the new wave of anxiety washing over him and flipping the insides of his stomach.
"That's not where you're taking me are you?" He asked, gesturing.
"Well that's your reservation. Is there a problem?"
Yes, yes there is.
"Of course not."
The host gave Jared a weird look before leading him towards the table. Jared had the urge to turn back, to run out the restaurant and save himself from the new misery he was about to face. Yet in the back of his mind, he couldn't help but question himself. How bad could it possibly get?
Sara didn't know what to expect as she waited for her date to show up. She'd never been on a blind date before so it felt like an odd thrill to her. The looks, on one hand were something to wonder about. Yet she couldn't help but doubt who Kevin had matche her up with. He himself had a knack for going out with strange girls, what's the guarantee he hadn't set her up with someone as crazy as his usual specimens?
Sara looked up when she heard approaching footsteps. Her gray eyes widened in surprise when she saw who it was.
"Hey," he said in a shaky laugh. He reached out his hand to shake it with hers but she didn't take it.
"Well this is definetely a surprise," she muttered. "The last time I remember seeing you was after you bolted out my apartment the night you dumped me."
Jared stood there awkwardly, not quite sure whether to sit down or not under her cold glare. Sara had always been someone could hold a long grudge. She would definitely not make an exception towards him.
"Well that was a long time ago. Let bygones be bygones," Jared said, attempting a merry tone as he pulled out his chair and sat down.
"Let's also not forget how that was the day I turned twenty. What a present, huh?"
Jared felt queasy under the furious glare that Sara was giving him. If it weren't for the fact that he did have a little pride for himself, people would have seen a scared young man running for the hills.
This is going to be one long night.