Let’s pause for a second, so we can all catch our breaths and recall what I was saying earlier, shall we?
Usually, in circumstances such as the one I was describing, I would have gotten wildly angry with everything (including her) the instant I casually glanced at the group; and left the premises soon thereafter to avoid further perturbation. But today was different, and therein lies the epiphany: Remain calm and look around, everything is not how it first seems; there is so much beauty that will go unnoticed otherwise.
And now that we’re all on the same page again, let’s resume our story.
For what seemed like an eternity thereafter, she was looking straight past the guy she was sitting with (as he was busy ignoring her) and staring intently into my eyes as her luscious lips broke out into the most exquisite of smiles. I wasn’t consciously aware of what I was doing, but I distinctly recall that my meal was soon forgotten as I lost myself in her gaze. I was slowly jolted back to my senses as I watched her cover up her top under a beige jacket she’d just returned with from the coat-rack; I realised that they were ready to leave.
And then, the most unbelievable thing happened.
The others left for a bit to grab their warmer clothes, and I, drawn to her gaze not much unlike a moth to a flame slowly got up and teetered toward her, smiling softly as I stammered, “Uhh… hello, I’m Jack, I couldn’t help but …”
I’m going out to dinner tomorrow; and I’m not going alone.