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Trying to get a hold of himself, Matt fixed a cup of coffee and attracted the waitresses attention. The woman was older, and looked to be fairly disgruntled that he had come in and interrupted her nap in the kitchen. He smiled nervously and her demeanor seem to soften, the motherly side of her winning out seeing this young man sitting here nervously.
“Meeting someone?” she asked.
“Yes” he responded excitedly.
“This can’t be a first date” she started, her expression bemused. She stopped and smiled truly when she read the expression on his face.
“Actually yeah, it is.” he began, but his breath caught in his throat. He had been looking forward to this moment since the first glance at the sushi bar several hours before. Time seemed to slow, like in one of those corny commercials, as she practically burst through the door, her gaze swinging back and forth until her eyes met his. He stood up to make sure she could see him, a bit unnecessary since the only ones in the restaurant were Matt, the waitress, and Fae. She was in the middle of pulling a tie out of her hair, shaking it loose around her shoulders as she walked towards him. Identical smiles lit both their faces as she moved down the aisle and stopped to stand in front of him. It was obvious that neither of them knew what to do next.
He slowly raised his hand in front of him smiling. “Hi, I’m Matt. I don’t think we’ve been formally introduced.” The grin on his face was mischevous, reinforcing the fact that he felt and was acting like he was back in high school. She ignored the hand and slid up close, her hands cupping his face, slowly moving into a soft kiss. It lasted only a moment, but the touch of her lips sent a rush through his body. She moved back and smiled.
“Been wanting to do that for hours.” she said winking at him, her grin mirroring his from a moment ago, his face now slack with surprise. She took his hand and shook it, “Hi Matt, I”m Fae. Now I think we’ve been formally introduced.” He shook his head slightly, as if waking from a dream, his grin spreading quickly across his face.
“Would you like some coffee? Something to eat?” He said, gesturing for her to sit in the booth. She looked to the woman and said, “Coffee please” and sat down. Matt turned his attention to the woman who was standing there, her eyebrows arched, holding back a smile. “Could you bring some extra creamers?” he asked and slid in the booth across from Fae.
“Can I ask a favor?” she said, her eyes sparkling with something he couldn’t read.
“Sure” he said, leaning forward.
“Can you kiss me again? That was yummy!” she said, practically dancing in her seat.
He simply smiled and leaned forward, where she met him in the middle of the table. This kiss was a bit longer, but still fairly decent, even for 3am at a diner. IT just felt right. The suppleness of her lips, the way she tilted her head, the way she had of resting her fingers on his cheek. She pulled back slowly, her eyes opening as she leaned back into her seat. “Yeah, that’s what I thought” she breathed.
“Thought” he asked curiously.
“Yeah, I knew you’d be a great kisser when I saw you …GOD, was it only yesterday?” she said, her eyebrows shooting up. She pushed her hair behind her ears as the waitress brought another cup and a plateful of creamers. Grabbing the pot on the table, she poured a cup for Fae and said, “I’m guessing you’ll need a few minutes.”
They both nodded as she put the pot down on the table and turned away, walking back towards the kitchen. Matt could see her standing at a prep station near the other side of the restaurant, visible enough so they could see her, but hidden enough to allow them privacy. He turned his attention back to the woman in front of him. The first thing he noticed was that her cheeks were still fairly pink, and not from make up. She rubbed her hands together and shrugged down deeper into her coat.
“Are you cold?” he asked.
“Yeah, a little. I’m in a dress for dancing, and my convertible is still waiting for a part so I can finally bring the top up on it. So until then, I have to drive around, freezing my BUTT off!”
“Ah, that’s why you had your hair up” he said.
“Yeah. I was trying for one of those “I can’t believe it’s not butter” moments when I came in, taking my hair out and shaking it luxuriously” she emoted dramatically. Then she giggled, “How did I do?”
“It was perfect, let me tell you. Took my breath away” he emoted a bit dramatically, but he knew they both knew it wasn’t an act and that there was definitely something between them. Normally in a situation like this, he would retreat and shut down, avoiding the subject. Matt was not good at putting himself out there, or opening himself up to knew experiences. The problem with that was, that seemed to be all he was doing with this woman. He looked at her in amazement, not understanding how he had gotten to this moment. Sitting across from a beautiful woman who obviously thought he was at least attractive and possibly a little charming. He shook his head in wonderment.
“What” she said, a smile playing across her face as she lifted the menu.
“This kind of thing just doesn’t happen to me. I mean you always think that it only happens in movies or in books, but I don’t meet people this easily and feel comfortable this quickly. Please don’t get the wrong impression, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it, I’m just very surprised at myself.” He said the last, picking up his menu and practically hiding behind it.
She lifted her hand and pulled the menu down, her face serious as she looked into his eyes. She noticed that they were a very dark brown, something she could almost drown in. Her smile slowly got bigger and bigger as his did the same. “Me neither champ. I haven’t had a date in over two years, and suddenly, I’m back in college flirting with a cute guy who takes my breath away. How about we just suspend the worrying about what we normally do, and just talk and have breakfast?”
He nodded, his mouth opening and shutting once more.
“What” she said, knowing he wanted to say something.
“Can I ask a favor now?” he said, leaning forward, she knew, for a kiss. She raised her hand to his face and gently kissed him, breathing in his smell, her eyes open this time, seeing the depths of his dark brown eyes up close. “Definitely drownable” she thought to herself and lost herself for a moment in what could be called nothing else but the ‘perfect kiss’.
He pulled back first this time, a smile lighting his face as he said, “Yep, that was yummy.”