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February 7, 2018

This was their second date, and Alicia was trying her best to like Mike.  She had almost given up on men altogether after the last guy she’d gone out with.  She liked him, but he had promised to call the next day and she never heard from him again.  On her first date with Mike, she had not been impressed after he got in the car first, and left her standing in the cold, while he reached over and unlocked her door.  Then later, she was outdone when he put on his coat first and didn’t help her with hers.  But though he seemed awkward and cumbersome, he seemed to genuinely like her and for her, that was refreshing.  He was also kind of cute, and he had rugged arms.  She loved a man who appeared strong physically.

Tonight however, he had mispronounced her name for the third time and was rambling on and on about growing up in Alabama.  A bumpkin she did not want.  After dessert was ordered, she looked across the table at his suit and noticed it was not the same quality of the guys she dated in the past.  She sighed with a bit of despair.  As she leaned back in the chair, and watched him gulp down his dessert, she wondered if her Prince Charming was still out there.  She longed for a fine knight in fine clothes, with great manners, and a little charm.  But he seemed as far away as the sun.

She closed her eyes and tried to envision herself with someone more dashing, when suddenly he spoke her name correctly in a soft tone.  When she opened her eyes, he was smiling at her and she saw an admiration in his eyes that she had never seen in the eyes of a man who was looking at her.  She smiled back at him and suddenly his suit looked better, and his lack of table manners were no longer visible .

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