Tonight is my first date with Kaylie. I called her three days ago to set up a date with her. I'm taking her on a picnic. I can't believe I'm taking her on a picnic. It is exactly the kind of thing I said I'd never do with a girl. Not enough physical contact, too much romance. And it doesn't stop there. I'm actually nervous! I'm never nervous! But Kaylie isn't some girl I want to hook up with and never talk to again. I can feel it.
"12:30! Time to pick Kaylie up!" I say to myself.
30 minutes later
I wipe my hands on my pants, hoping they aren't too sweaty. "Just a minute!" I hear Kaylie yell from inside. I can't help the smile that crosses my face as I picture her running around, trying to get her things together.
"Hey!" Kaylie says as she opens the door, a little breathless. I was right, she was rushing.
"Hey. How are you?" I ask, taking her arm. She smiles brightly up at me.
"Great! And you?"
"Great, now that I'm on a date with you," God that was so corny! It's only the first date!
Kaylie lets out a little laugh. Hopefully she thinks I'm joking. She looks gorgeous in a light pink sun dress and half her hair pulled back.
We talk all the way to the park where I take out the picnic basket from the car and escort her to the picnic tables by the lake.
"Wow, what a beautiful view!"
"I know I like to come here and think sometimes," I say, hoping I didn't expose myself too much.
"That's great! I wish I had a place to think like this," Kaylie says wistfully.
"Well, if everything goes well between us, you can share it with me."
Kaylie laughs and smiles up at me. God I love that smile! "I'd like that."
It was a great date. The greatest! We laughed, joked around, and got to know each other. I'm definitely going to ask her out again.
"Here we are," I say regretfully as we approach her door.
"Yep. I had a great time, Austin."
"Me, too. Hopefully we can do it again, soon."
"Well that's up to you," Kaylie says playfully, poking my stomach.
"IN that case, we'll definitely have one!"
Kaylie laughs lightly. "Goodnight, Austin."
"Goodnight, Kaylie." I lean down to kiss her goodnight.
"Uh,uh,uhh. I don't kiss on the first date."
"Really? Not even me?" I ask, joking but somewhat serious.
"Well…. I guess I could make an exception. Just for you." Kayle says. Then she raises on her tip toes and kisses me lightly on the cheek. Without another word, she turns around and steps inside her apartment, vanishing from sight.
I can't wait to set up our second date. It's only 4:00. Would it be too desperate if I called in a few hours?
The date was actually enjoyable. I wasn't sure how it would be. Sometimes, they're awful. Austin is pretty hot, and surprisingly sweet.
I walk into my room, already talking my arms out of my dress.
"AHH!" I scream and jump into the air.
"I can't believe you still get scared."
"What are you doing here?" I say. He has no right to go barging into my apartment, no matter what.
"Status report. And for a little sugar."
"Everything is going as planned."
"Good, and now for the sugar. Look, you already started undressing for me!"
He takes my arm and leads me to my bed.
Gently, he begins placing kisses on my neck.
"It's not the time right now. I have an actual job to do."
"Fine, I'll be back in a few hours."
I watch as he walks out of my room and listen for the slamming of my apartment door. One day I will be free of this man. It was only a little borrowed money that I really needed. Now he owns me. Stan owns me.