The First Date!

The First Date!

Is Liam Like Any Other Guy? Or Is He The One?
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Rebecca's Point of View:

Tonight's the big night! I don't know why I'm so excited to go on a date but there's some things different about Liam. I still feel awful that I rejected Mr. Brooks, but I'm hoping this date will take my mind off from it. It's getting close to seven and I'm starting to feel more nervous than excited. Questions keep going through my head... Am I making the right choice? Could he be the one? Is he just like all the other guys I dated? Will he break my heart? Is this the right time to start dating since I'm new to this town? As all of these thoughts go through my mind the doorbell rings. I know it's Liam and I try to stay calm and collected. When I open the door he is smiling and looks dashing in his suite. He escorts me to his truck and opens the door like a gentleman.

On our way to the restaurant, we start talking about our interests and hobbies. I noticed we have a lot of things in common, which made me at ease. Once we get to the restaurant, and the host escorts us to our table and Liam pulls out a chair for me so I can sit. As I look through the menu all of it seems really delicious but seems really expensive.

Liam says, "What are you going to order?"

"I'm not quite sure yet. But I'm deciding between two dishes: Beef Wellington or Baked Salmon."

"Well, the Baked Salmon sounds good!"

"Yea! I'll have the same." As we wait for our food, we continue to talk and he tells me stories that make me laugh. I noticed he has a very nice smile and an adorable laugh.

But then he asks me a question that catches me off guard, “Were you and Mr. Brooks ever an item?”

“No! I just moved here not that long ago. I don’t have any interest in him.”

“Oh, I didn’t mean to offend you, but it seems like he likes you more than a co-worker.”

“No, Mr. Brooks is only my co-worker and my boss. There going on between us. He’s never shown any interest in me, and I don’t think he will any time soon.”

Liam’s Point of View:

When I heard Rebecca say that Mr. Brooks isn’t interested in her, I felt relieved. If he did have feelings for her it would be a tough competition, but I would come out on top. She looks amazing in her dress, it’s hard to focus because her beauty is unlike any other woman I’ve ever seen. Every time I look at her I get lost in her eyes. The date went very well and I can’t wait to see her again.

As I drop her off at her apartment, I open the passenger side door to let her out. I walk her to the door and have an urge to kiss her, but I’m not sure if she wants me to. We stand there awkwardly for a moment, but she starts to lean in closer, and I take that as the signal. We both share a kiss goodnight and she waves goodbye.

I felt that there was a spark between us, and it was the best night of my life! I can’t wait to see her again because I think she might be the one. But one thing keeps bothering me, I can’t help but feel that Mr. Brooks has feelings for her and might take her away from me.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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To The Friend I Rarely See Anymore

I wish you nothing but the best.

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When we graduated high school, we thought it was the end for us. The distance would ruin us and we wouldn't be able to call ourselves friends. Thankfully, you were my rock for the first year of school. You were the one I turned to when the adjustment was hard or when I needed someone to talk to and just listen. We never lost our connection for a whole year. We proved that nothing could pull us apart no matter how far the distance, no matter the different schedules. We were still best friends.

Another summer came and we only got stronger. We went on countless beach trips, late night hangouts, and Starbucks runs. I didn't even think it was possible to be this much closer to you than we already were. If we weren't together, we would Snapchat or text to never stop the conversation.

Now summer ended, we didn't think twice about losing our connection this time. We had a bond stronger than anyone could fathom. We once again went our separate ways and kept our texting and Snapchat habits.

But something changed.

It must've been the comfort level of sophomore year. It must've been all the new friends we got. It must have been the boys who entered our lives. We don't speak anymore. I haven't seen you since winter break. I haven't texted you since New Year's Eve. Our connection, one that was once thought to be indestructible, came crumbling down with sophomore year. I am not going to lie, sophomore year was the best of my life, but I knew you were missing the whole time. It wasn't the same without you.

I'm not upset you chose to focus your time and life on your new boyfriend. I am happy for you. I am not upset you spend more time with your school friends. I am happy for you. I am not upset you don't text me anymore and killed our streak. I know you're living a happy life. And I am too.

We may have gone our separate ways like we never imagined, but I am happy you are finally happy. Don't forget for one second that I will always be here for you. I will still always answer your text. I will still always be your shoulder to cry on even when no one else is there for you. I wish you nothing but the best, and I hope you're doing ok.

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