The Dating Game
Posted May 21, 2009
Picking up from When
Easton Met Alma:
**rapidly clicking keys**
Easton: She’s usually here…
… and, there she is! We’re right on target
Easton: Good morning, Alma.
Unless this seat’s taken, mind if I join you? I could use some good
conversation with my coffee.
Alma: Oh – hello – Easton,
Easton: And still is, to this very moment. You’re looking well – like this
spring day *smile*.
Alma: Such flattery won’t go unrewarded – sure, have a seat.
I’m just finishing this section.
Easton: A reward can’t get any better – thanks.
Easton: Say, can I get you another coffee, or a scone?
Alma: Um, no – one’s my limit, both for the caffeine and the cost. But that’s
kind of you, thanks –
Easton: I’ve just learned two things about you, Alma. One, you’re
health-conscious, and two, you’re thrifty. But I wouldn’t mind helping someone
as outstanding as you with the second thing. A pretty lady deserves a treat now
and then –
Alma: Those are very interesting observations, Easton. The “two things” are indeed accurate,
which I don’t dispute. However, the “pretty lady” phrase is a little over the
top. That tends to make me suspicious of what may come next –
Easton: No need for suspicion – I mean what I say. You are pretty, and I’m
interested in getting to know you. I recall that you’re a student, which makes
sense for the “thrifty” part. And you may also remember that I made an offer of
sharing a meal with you, to further our acquaintance. It sounds like these
things would be of mutual benefit, don’t you think?
Alma: You do make a case –
Easton: I’m glad you think so – when, and where would
you like to go?
Alma: I only said you make a case, but I didn’t agree. There’s bound to be strings attached, and I’m not the sort
who cares to be obligated for forced favors –
Easton: And I don’t intend to force anything where you’re concerned. I just want
it to be a pleasant time for both of us to get to know each other better –
Alma: How can I be sure? You could say anything with a straight face right
now, if it gets you want you want. You seem to pride yourself on being a
smooth-talker – and I can see it has worked for you before. Do you think it’s
going to work for you now?
Easton: Alma, Alma,
I’m sincere in my interest for you. All I ask is one simple date, in a very
public restaurant, and you’ll see. No strings, and you
will get a very nice meal in return. This is all, I promise you. You pick the
time, and the restaurant –
Alma: My choice, hmmm…
Alma: Oh, why not? You win, Easton;
I shall take you up on your offer. Surprised?
Easton: Honestly, not really – other than I don’t have to keep thinking of what
else I could say to persuade you, which is a relief. You do drive a hard
bargain, Ms. Kielbaugh.
Alma: HAHAHA! Oh, sorry, Easton,
that slipped out!
Easton: Not at all, I’m glad to hear you laugh. I’d be a pretty poor sport if I
couldn’t handle a little joke at my expense. But I am serious about your choice
of restaurant – which is also at my expense, so not to worry that way.
Alma: You ARE a good sport! But I’m neither a cheap or expensive date, so I
suggest lunch, at Bertolini’s, day after tomorrow.
I’ll be waiting here, at 11 a.m. How does that sound?
Easton: It sounds as practical and logical as you are – and I learned that you
like Italian cuisine, one more “thing” for today *wink*.
Easton: Well, I’ve got to get going, but I’m looking forward to learning more
about you in a couple days –
Alma: Sure, save something for the Big Date, haha!
Nice talking with you, and see you soon –
Easton: I’m countin’ the hours. Arrivederci, to get you in the mood!
Easton: *to self* That went well, didn’t it? Damn,
though… what is it about her… that
looks so familiar? Eh, maybe it’ll come to me…**saunters away**
Alma: Huh, a date… who’d a thunk?...
... **looks over at cup** Oh, gees, he did it again! Well, he IS
a woman’s curiosity gets the better of her.
Alma may not
have to go it alone, as we shall see…
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