"Is she here" Ben asked Leo as he looked around the area.
"it's 9 o'clock, the time prompt people show up." Leo replied sarcastically.
"So that's a no?"
"Would you like to leave a message?"
"Yes for you. I came by your place a couple of nights ago, it was late I had a few I said a few things…"
"Is this a true or false quiz?"
"Leo look at my face, it never happened do you understand what I'm saying? She can never know."
"Is this a mind wipe? Is where I forget that Kate stood you up for dinner and you showed up at my place all crazy eyed and desperate?"
"I don't remember a thing. I heard a knock and when I went to open the door there was just an owl staring back at me."
"Yeah it's a UFO thing."
"Wow." Ben said as he walked into his office.
"Hey!" Kate said cheerfully as she walked into Ben's office.
"Hey." Ben replied in a not-so enthusiastic tone.
"So I was thinking that we could have that dinner tonight if you're free?"
"Sure…whatever…that's cool." He said trying to sound nonchalant.
"Ben come on how long are you going to be upset about me not showing?"
"Look I'm not upset really it doesn't matter."
"Oh…uh…ok well then everything's ok between us?"
"Yeah it's perfect." He said in an unconvincing tone.
"No I'm not."
"Yes you are."
"No I'm not, ugh Kate look I was devastated when you didn't show but now I realize it was just wishful thinking."
After Ben said that a sudden hurt look was plastered on Kate's face. She looked down at her feet and they stood in silence for a few moments and then Kate looked up and moved toward Ben who was sitting at his desk. She stopped right in front of him and looked straight in his eyes.
"Ben I want you to know why I didn't show up."
"Kate please there's really no need for that." He said with an extreme amount of hurt.
"No. I need to say this. I wanted to be there I really did. The thing is that I wanted to be there so bad and frankly that scared me. I might really like you and that's just too much for me to handle. That's just what I do, I ruin things that are good for me."
"It was just dinner Katie."
"I know, and that's why I regret it so much." She said with a guilty look.
"Well you shouldn't. You may have saved us from going down a road that would only end badly."
Ben's words left an invisible scare right over Kate's heart.
With that she leaned down a softly kissed Ben's cheek and all she said was "I'm sorry."