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A Valentines Day Story
My Tardy Valentine
Well here I am ... early, as I said I would be ... waiting. Nervous. Too late to back out. What am I saying? Back out? I've waited weeks for this moment! Planned. Schemed. Well, not schemed ... that sounds evil. I plucked up the courage to ask her out and she said yes ... YES! ... With ME! ... Ooops! Wipe that smug grin off your face. People might be looking. Act cool!
Don't keep looking at your WATCH you fool! She'll get here when she gets here.
Like the picture? It's from "How To Set The Mood For A Romantic Valentine's Day" on holidays.thefuntimesguide.com Read it. There's some great ideas.
The First Day of the Rest of My Life
That first day I saw her. The day she started at the office. The boss brought her in ... Wow! ... Everyone stopped talking ... Well ... I stopped talking ... I don't really know (or care) what anyone else was doing.
A voice said, "She's too good for you, Mate." It was Justin, the office stud.
I humphed and made a "AS IF!"-face at him and bent over the report I was working on, but I couldn't help taking another sneaky peek in her direction. The boss waved an arm vaguely around the office by way of introduction, and then he ushered her out placing his arm gently across her shoulders. "Oi!", I silently reacted. "Enough of that, you old perv!"
A Close Encounter?
She turned out to be the boss's new secretary. Alright! I didn't ask. I happened to overhear someone (probably Justin!) telling somebody else.
It was a day or two before I saw her again. She suddenly appeared by the photocopier, looking a bit confused. I nearly choked on my coffee as I leapt up to rush to her assistance. By the time I fumbled for a hanky to wipe the splashes off my shirt I was too late! Justin got there first!
Blast! I sank back in my chair and watched disconsolately as Justin (The King of Smooth!) explained the controls to her. She smiled her thanks. I could feel the warmth from right across the office. Justin metaphorically draped himself across the machine eyeing her progress as she put a document under the flap, and pressed the button. She retrieved the copy and the original and left the room without another glance at Justin. Yesss! She's not interested in him!
Justin swaggered back to his seat with a soppy grin on his face and gave me a secret thumbs up. "I'm in there, Mate!", he muttered as he passed me. I very much doubt it, I thought, with a very faint glimmer of hope in my heart.
That Lovin' Feelin'
After that we kept bumping into each other. Literally! I almost knocked a tray of coffees out of her hand as she was taking them in to a meeting. We both tried to go through a door in different directions. We danced around each other in the corridor. Each encounter left me flummoxed, grinning like an awkward schoolboy and muttering inanities like, "Erm, sorry, s-sorry!".She was coolness personified. She gave me one of those lovely warm smiles and said, "That's OK."
I admit I WAS always contriving to put myself in places where I might see her. It eventually dawned on me that she might be doing the same! OMG! She likes me!
I eventually spoke to her ... Well, actually she spoke to me first. "Mr Walters wants to see you in his office" ... that was it ... but she gave me a really nice smile, and looked into my eyes rather longer than was necessary for just delivering a message.
I tidied my desk and walked down the corridor to see the boss. "He's just popped out for a few minutes," she greeted me, "But you can wait there," pointing to a chair in her tiny outer office. I sat obediently and smiled a smile that I thought said, "Gosh, you ARE gorgeous!" She probably thought I had indigestion because she asked quizzically, "Are you OK?" ... I just nodded.
A Little More Conversation ...
It was she who broke the awkward silence. "Have you worked here long?"
That was it! In with both feet! With hardly a breath drawn, I told her how long I'd been in the job, what I did, how I did it, why I did it ... Arrrgh!! I'm talking too much! I paused and looked to see if she was stifling a yawn. To my surprise she was smiling and hanging on my every word. "You are funny," she said.
"Enough!" I thought. Too much information. Be cool. Time for a chat up line. What would Justin say now? I rejected "Do you like tea in bed?" nearly vomitted on "How many children do you want?" and blurted out, "How about you? Are you settling in OK?"
She set the pace. We carried on making small-talk and I relaxed into it. She explained how she got the job and what she did before. She asked me a few innocuous questions about myself and we traded opinions about things that interested us both. By the time Mr Walters came back and interupted us, I knew there was something going on between us.
I have no idea what the boss talked to me about that afternoon. All I could think about was her and how soon I could see her again!
Over the next few euphoric days we chatted several times a day. Every time I came close to asking her out on a date something got in the way. The phone rang. Walters put his head round the door demanding action. Justin came sidling up with some irritating remark. I was thwarted every which way!
Finally a chance! D'you fancy coming out to dinner? I felt I was spluttering. I cringed inside waiting for a hysterical rejection ... but she beamed. "Yeah. Alright. When?"
I could have grabbed her and snogged her face off there and then, but Justin appeared round the corner. "You two at it again?" He rolled his eyes. That put the damper on things for the moment, but the deed was done.
Later I caught her alone. "How about Tuesday?" I thought it would be a bit quieter mid-week and we could really talk. She seemed a bit surprised, but said OK. We arranged a time and place. Afterwards, checking my diary, I realised I was taking her to dinner, on our FIRST date, on VALENTINES DAY! Panic! Was this too much too soon? O ... M ... G !!! Too late to change it now!!
First Impressions Count
Right! Calm down! Think! First date. Dinner for two. Oh my ...!! Candles! Roses! Will she be expecting an engagement ring? Shut Uuuup!
What to wear? Suit obviously. Tie? Or no tie? Ties are smart. Ties are boring. What would she expect? Definitely NOT jeans and tee shirt.
No, that's it, tie! Colour? Got dark blue, light blue, grey ... Booooriiiing!!
Shops lunchtime. Buy on impulse. Perfect for Valentines dinner! ... I hope?
First Date Jitters
So that's how I got here. Romantic restaurant, couples gazing into each other's eyes and whispering ... and me!
Surely they know I'm waiting for someone. DON'T look at the watch!
Was that woman looking at me then? She's giggling at her partner! He's looking! Do they think I'm some lame-o that's been stood up? She's only a few minutes late surely. DON'T look at the watch!!
Oh! ... I get it. It's the tie, isn't it. I knew the tie was a mistake. Shouldn't have bought it. Shouldn't have WORN it! Take it off? Not here! Can't do it here! Go to the toilet. NO! She might turn up while I'm in there! Perhaps she won't even notice. I'm kidding myself, aren't I? Stop fiddling with the cutlery! STOP drumming your fingers!!
OMG! She's here! A waiter is bringing her over. She looks terrific. I knock a fork off the table as I stand up. She gets admiring looks from the men. She sits. She smiles a smile that melts my heart.
She says, "Hi! Sorry if I'm a bit late. I SO love your tie!"
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My Valentines Day.
Open card. Share chocolates.
Have dinner tonight.
It's fictional, of course, but I've had a few real life disasters that I can laugh about now. How about you? Anything you want to share as we approach Valentine's Day?