Fanny shook off her jacket and hung it on the back of the chair. Admiring the vase of gladioli at the table, she looked around the restaurant and admired the atmosphere. She hadn’t been here before and if it wasn’t for the sudden cloudburst and no umbrella, she probably never would. She was not of the posture to sit alone to dine. The few dates she had rarely provided dinner in a nice restaurant so she settled in to dry off, waiting for a break in the downpour.
She wasn’t the only person to use the restaurant for shelter as she saw similar wet individuals rushing in suffering from soaked hair and dribbled mascara. She smiled, realizing she was lucky not having to wear any enhancement on her beautiful dark eyes. However, there were a couple of slovenly looking stragglers, but the restaurant people didn’t seem to mind, so why should she?
People were finding places to sit and since she was alone at a large table, a man came over and asked if he could join her. His smile seemed to radiate charm, and she was surprised to find it welcoming. She was careful only to smile in return. She was not used to conversing with anyone, especially men. She kept her heart immured and rarely sought affection from anyone. She was used to being alone.
The gentleman started up a hopeful conversation saying, “Its really a downpour out there!”. She nodded in agreement. “Hi, my names Max, Max Applegate”, putting his hand forward in greeting. Fanny reluctantly shook his hand and found it surprisingly soft but strong.
“I’m Fanny” was all she replied.
“Nice to meet you, Fanny. Are you going to order anything? I think I’ll have lunch. Want to join me?” Fanny didn’t realize until then that she was hungry. When the downpour came, she was on her way to grab a hamburger at McDonalds. It had been a long time since she had eaten in a nice restaurant.
“I guess I could, is it expensive here?” Immediately her cheeks turned pink, thinking she shouldn’t have said that. What would he think?
“Don’t worry about it, it’s my treat.” He motioned for the waiter to bring menus and while Fanny was engrossed in all the choices, Max was curiously watching her. Apparently this woman was fairly unfamiliar with the restaurant. He always liked this eatery and frequented it often. They made their choices and then it was quiet. Max started speaking, but Fanny was reserved. He sensed her vulnerability and was carefully choosing his words.
They talked more after their meals were served. Fanny opened up a bit and started to enjoy herself. She couldn’t remember the last time she had dined with a charming man. After the meal, they enjoyed coffees and the rain ceased. Fanny glanced at her watch, realizing they had been there for two hours! What would her supervisor think? She got up quickly and put on her jacket. She thanked Max for the lunch and added she had a lovely time. She wondered how long it had been since she had used the word lovely for anything. Max offered his hand again saying he enjoyed it very much also. He then pulled out his card and put it in her hand. She accepted it while another blush appeared on her cheeks.
Hereafter she would remember this time and be more receptive.