Catching up! As promised. Here are entries for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I'll be following up with today's shortly. Sorry for the delay! This won't happen again!
The Third Date
“What are you waiting for?”
She was halfway up the rock wall and Delaney could only stare. Samantha, pretty and blonde, was turning into as much a nightmare as every other date. Thinking she’d be able to do it, Delaney had let them harness her up and even put on the gloves she was told she needed. Then they’d offered a helmet and she’d froze.
“I don’t think this is going to work.”
The employee standing beside her gave a sympathetic look. Maybe it was a pitying look. Unsure, she only motioned him to help her remove the trappings of rock climbing from her unwilling body. He’d offered to track down a female employee, but she’d demurred.
Samantha had stopped upward movement, but not come down. It was hard to tell, but she looked either annoyed or pissed. Not sympathetic.
Maybe the employee was single.
“You said you enjoyed outdoor activities in your profile,” Samantha huffed.
“We’re inside,” Delaney pointed out to her date. Also, she’d meant lying on the beach under an umbrella with a juice pouch and a book. Which one did outdoors so she had not lied.
“I paid for an hour.”
“Well, you didn’t ask if I liked heights.” Really. This was not her fault.
“Your profile didn’t say you did not.”
“For the love of-” The profile questions had not had a spot for minor terrors. Like heights. Not a phobia, but she avoided ledges and cliffs and all that stuff if she could.
As they argued, she was freed of any look of rock climber. Already she felt better. The employee smiled and hauled off the esoteric gear once she handed over her gloves.
Samantha still did not move to come down to her.
“We could go get dinner,” Delaney offered, not wanting to give up so easily.
“I ate already this evening.”
Because, what else could one say?
Head shaking, Delaney officially gave up on her date.
Craig could understand or not. At this point, she really wanted to give up. Only thoughts of a week of solitude on a beach would keep her going. At least, she consoled herself, today was over. She’d grab dinner on her way home and watch whatever channel Craig had left the tv on before he’d left for work.
The Fourth Date
It was not, Delaney mused, that she didn’t enjoy giant robot movies. It was only…this one was terrible. She’d never heard of it, but didn’t think it meant much since she was constantly two years behind on her movie viewing. Although, she began to think she hadn’t heard of it because no one had.
Except her date.
He was nice enough. Earnest, a little goofy looking, and unable to be quiet during a movie.
Which bothered her. Not that she was able to stay quiet through an entire movie, but he wouldn’t shut up. Since the title crossed the screen he was a font of never ending information.
“Umm,” she whispered about halfway through, “Are all the women going to wind up in their underwear?” They were pretty women, sure, but it was a little…exploitative.
“Well, not the old ones,” he replied. Without looking away from the screen. Where two busty women in their underwear were fighting in the rain. Over…well, she wasn’t sure.
“I have to pee.”
“You’re going to miss the big-”
“Look, we both know I’m not coming back. Enjoy the movie. You can keep my popcorn.” It had been stale.
In truth, Delaney was not even sure Scott noticed her absence.
The Fifth Date
The bench at the police station was cold. Every time the door opened a blast of frigid winter air blew right through her clothes. She wasn’t even sure why she was still here. There was no reason to remain.
Inertia, she supposed. Or some other science word. Normally, she’d have looked it up, but her phone was currently in a baggie in several pieces. Because, of course, her date had been a disaster.
This time, she promised herself, this time she would tell Craig to forget it. Bad dates were one thing, but having to call the police was quite another. She should have known when his mother kept calling during their coffee. He had actually handed her the phone twice. To assure her, he’d said, it was not another woman.
She’d pointed out it was, in fact, another woman, and he’d giggled nervously.
Not that she held to standard displays of masculinity, but between the giggle and his mother she’d finished her drink fast enough to burn her tongue.
“Which was not the worst part,” she told Craig after midnight when he was home from work.
“No, that would have been being attacked by Mrs. Bates, right?”
They had opted for ice cream, since she had to work in the morning. Craig hogged the spoon and she debated the walk to the kitchen for a second one. If they had one clean.
“I swear, I was perfectly polite, but I had to get out of there.”
“We’ve all dated people with clinging parents.”
“Not me. And I am not going to start.”
“Are you sure you didn’t insult his clothes? She probably dressed him.”
They both snickered at that and she snatched the ice cream away from him.
“I said I had to go. She must have been…lurking. So creepy. I was at my car when that…”
“Mother?” he offered with a smirk.
“She grabbed my phone and smashed it into the car. Then stomped on it. I had to dive into the car and call for help. And, after the police came, he kept giving me this look like it was all my fault.”
Delaney offered the ice cream back and asked, “Can’t we call it even? I’m afraid one of these last three dates will end in death.”
“Theirs or yours?”
“At this point, I’d be happy with either.”
“Three more. How bad can they be?”
“Don’t call attention to my misfortune.”
“Too late. Go to bed. I’ve got a date with my console.”
Too depressed to be entertained by his poor gaming skills, she did go to bed.
The Sixth Date
“Beach house,” she repeated under her breath. Her mantra did her no good. No matter the thoughts of warm ocean water, falling asleep to the sound of waves, and solitude, were going to save this date.
“Because nothing can.”
Patrick looked at her oddly and returned to his conversation. That did not include her. It was not that he wasn’t nice. It was, she decided, he was too nice. He was not having a good time. She was not having a good time either, but was determined to stick it out for once. Because, maybe, if they got over the bad part they might get along.
He was cute, almost funny, and not a dick to their waiter. So, he had points in his favor. A shame liking her was not one of them. Instead, as they’d waited for their salads, he’d begun talking to anyone else. She didn’t know why and worried about asking.
So, she suffered through salads and entrees, but dessert was a no go. She could not take much more. Actually, she decided as he waved to someone at the door, she couldn’t take any more.
“Did I run over your dog?”
“What?” he demanded in shock.
“It’s just- you know, you haven’t said more than three words to me all night. So, I thought maybe, you know…”
“No. I’m sorry. It wasn’t- This was a mistake.”
“Yea,” she agreed.
“I shouldn’t have agreed to this. My friends wanted me to date.”
“Oh. Well, that’s never a good idea.”
“You speak from experience?”
“I made a deal with my friend. My roommate.”
“My buddies, we play basketball. They thought I should get back on the horse.”
“Craig just says I need someone to get laid regularly.” Her blush came quicker than his startled laugh. “I was not- I mean-”
“My wife died.”
“Yea, I keep thinking the same thing.”
“You should have said. We could have just hung out.”
“I promised I’d give it a try.”
“So? Are they here watching? Because, seriously, I’ve had one creepy watcher date already this week.”
“No. But I said.”
“You’re too nice for me.”
“You seem nice.”
Only she laughed at his words. Well, he didn’t know her. And by not laughing he pretty much proved he was too nice for her.
“How about we split the check and lie and say it went pretty good?”
“I can get the check.”
“I know, but…I’d like to split it. Save getting the check for when you meet someone you want to pay for.”
Patrick grinned and she kind of hated his dead wife for a second because she thought a second date might have been fun with him.
Just her luck.
They traded numbers off the dating site and promised to text. She would wait and see if he did first. Because, as nice as he was, he might only be saying nice things and hoping she didn’t misunderstand.
At least her new phone was in one piece. Two more dates. She’d made it too far to stop. Even if they were terrible. Maybe she’d get another nice widower. She’d definitely had worse dates.