Last Time is The First Time

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A couple is having a date at a nice restaurant. They both have struggled with relationships. They discuss if this is the last time they are giving Love a chance.

Submitted: September 19, 2016

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They were sitting in the corner booth of "Danica's", the nicest Italian Restaurant in town. Nate was wearing a black suit with a white shirt and no tie. He had recently shaved his head. It had the appearance of being waxed. Nate was sipping a glass of wine. His date, Joanna, was taking another bite of spaghetti. She had brown curly hair. She was wearing a red dress with matching heels. The date had been a success thus far. Nate was the perfect gentleman, Joanna the beautiful and attentive date. They had learned the basics of what eachother does. Nate was a manager of an athletic store. Joanna worked as a secretary for a law firm. Life was going good for the both of them. 

The waitress came by and took their dessert order. A chocolate cake. The waitress went to go get it. As she left, Nate reached for Joanna's hand. He took it and put it in his. He started to look at her. She pulled her hand back.

"What are you doing?" Joanna asked.

Nate tilted his head. "What are you talking about?" Nate asked.

Joanna shook her head. "This is a first date. We are moving a little too fast. Jumping into hand holding. I like you and all, but, we need to take this a little slower." Joanna said.

Nate nodded his head. "Yes, we do. I apologize. I just really like you. It's been a while since I have been on a date. I guess I kind of forgot how a first date works." Nate said.

"When was your last date?" Joanna asked. 

"4 years ago." Nate said.

Joanna's jaw dropped. "4 years?" Joanna said.

"It's not what you think," Nate said.

Joanna waited for him to continue.

"The last date I had was the night before my store opened. I went out to Reno's. She was really pretty. Worked at the Best Buy right over on Cole Road." Nate said.

"That's a great store," Joanna said.

"It really is," Nate said. "Anyway, she went on and on about her work and how she didn't want to date any one from retail again. I waited for about an hour before I told her I was opening a store. She poured a Pepsi down my shirt and left. Nothing like a whole restaurant staring at you when ice cold soda is running down the front of you." 

"Wow, that is pretty bad." Joanna said.

"The only good thing from that night was I switched from Pepsi to Dr Pepper," Nate said.

Joanna laughed. 

Nate smiled. "Tell me, what was your last date like?" Nate asked.

"You don't wanna know," Joanna said.

Nate shook his head. "I told you my most embarrasing dating story, it's only fair that you tell me yours." Nate said.

Joanna started to laugh nervously. "OK, OK," Joanna said. 

"I was out at a Baskin Robins in Meridian," Joanna said. 

"Very romantic spot," Nate said.

"I was with this real James Dean looking wannabe. Blonde hair with the red jacket and blue jeans. He even had a motorcycle like James Dean. He came to pick me up from work and drove me there. It was kinda romantic, truthfully. We get in there and he starts to argue with the teenage girl behind the counter." Joanna said.

"About what?" Nate asked. 

"You promise not to laugh?" Joanna asked,

Nate nodded his head yes. Joanna took a deep breath.

"He started to argue with her about the difference between Cookie Dough and Cookies and Cream." Joanna said.

Nate started to laugh, but he caught himself by covering his mouth. Joanna tried to reach over and playfully smacked his hand.

"You promised," Joanna said.

Nate uncovered his mouth and started to laugh. "Who the hell argues about that?" Nate asked.

"I know right," Joanna said.

"I mean everyone knows that Cookie Dough is better," Nate said.

"You sir, are wrong." Joanna said.

Nate raised an eyebrow. "I am wrong?" Nate asked.

"Definitely, Cookies and Cream is better." Joanna said.

"No way, it's just soggy Oreo's and Ice Cream. Where's the flavor?" Nate asked.

"I'm not sure if I can be with a guy who doesn't appreciate Cookies and Cream," Joanna said. She started to laugh. Nate joined her. After a minute Nate stopped laughing.

"Wait a minute," Nate said,

"Yes," Joanna said,

"Does that mean I have a chance?" Nate asked.

"I think so," Joanna said. "I don't know to tell you the truth. I promised after the last time that I wasn't gonna fall in love again. You are a great guy Nate." 

"I know what you mean," Nate said. "Relationships are a weird thing. You never know how they are gonna go. I think you have to make sure that you are with a good match."

"Are we a good match?" Joanna asked.

The waitress came back with the cake. She placed it in the middle of the table. Nate and Joanna started slicing the cake on their sides of the tables. After they put their slices on the plates, Nate started to answer the question.

"Well, I think we are. Already tonight, we have found out what our likes and dislikes are. We match pretty well together. We like being outdoors and hiking and camping. Like the same kind of shows and think Hugh Laurie is the best actor on TV. The only thing we seem to disagree on is sports. How you like The Green Bay Packers, I will never understand." Nate said.

"What, they are a great team. Aaron Rodgers is a great Quarterback. Clay Matthews is pretty hunky." Joanna said.

"It's OK, I can forgive you." Nate said.

"I just wanna say this," Joanna said. "I'm not looking to rush. I'm not looking to get married right away and have kids. I just wanna find a good man to live my life with. I believe that this is the last time I am going to give Love a real try. "

Nate sat there, contemplating what Joanna just said. He agreed with her wholeheartedly. 

"I'm falling in love for the last time. But perhaps it might be the first time. I'm not looking to plan a wedding either. I just want someone to be with me. I'm tired of being alone. I can already tell that being with you right now, is probably the most fun I have ever had in my life." Nate said.

Joanna smiled. 

"I have to tell you one thing though," Joanna said.

"What's that?" Nate asked.

"Chocolate cake is my weakness." Joanna said.

"Really?" Nate asked.

"For sure." Joanna said.

"I was just wondering," Nate said. "I know a great bakery right down the road, best cake in town. Wanna go with me?"

"Absolutely," Joanna said. "I thought you would never ask." 


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