They sat comfortably in the restaurant having their dinner.
This was their fifth official date and both were a bit more comfortable now.
Rachael looked at him, wondering what was going through his mind. She had a lot of questions, she however did not want to jump the gun too fast.
“So how was your day?” she asked casually.
Robert smiled. “It was fine, work as always. Yours?”
Oh God, he still doesn’t want to share too much. “It was okay, ran a few errands that were long overdue, plus work…”
Robert had already drifted off to his own errands. He was at the mechanics today, his brakes were not working well and they had to be fixed. Whatever they did was a temporary fixture, he needed money to have that fixed before it got out of hand, he had to wait till end month though…
“Robert?” he heard her voice trailing off. He smiled at her. “Are you having mousse or ice cream for dessert?”
“Ice cream,” he said looking at the waiter. He then turned his attention to Racheal. She was looking at him as if she was expecting a response from him. He had no idea what she was talking about. “If this was your place, what changes would you make to it?”
“The restaurant?” she asked confused.
“Yes,” he said smiling at her.
“I like it just the way it is…but I’d have colorful curtains, maybe mustard yellow, and the floors would be wooden, with no carpet to hide it all.”
“That’s good thinking, I would make more use of the veranda as well…”
“Ha ha, that’s good thinking…maybe more plants outside to make the place more…”
Robert was now looking at the waitress bringing their ice cream. She had a good rack, he thought to himself. But he still couldn’t believe management let her wear such a low cut blouse. Maybe it was good for business…
He turned to face Rachael again, trying to hide a smile. He hoped she had not caught him staring.
“Lola mentioned she had extra tickets for blankets and wine this weekend, would you like to come?”
“Yeah, sure,” he said thinking about the event. They had to use his car to go there. She’d be with her girlfriends so he’d have to be charming and nice, maybe he could bring his friend Mike, he could meet a girl there….
“Rob?” she called out weakly. “You won’t say a thing?”
“No…”he said confused. What was she talking about? “Blankets will be a great idea, we can even tag Mike along since most of your friends will be around.”
“Sure,” she said picking up her purse. “Excuse me, need to go to the bathroom shortly then we can leave.”
As he cleared the bill he couldn’t help but think there was something odd about her demeanor as she left. But women, you can’t understand them.
Rachael walked back to the table, and soon, they were in the car and he was driving her home.
She was confused. Their past four dates had gone so well and now, when she had finally gained the courage to tell him she liked him, he changed the topic to blankets and wine! Or maybe he didn’t like her as much.
“Rob, I am really confused about tonight,” she said as casually as she could.
“What’s up?” he asked now concerned.
“I don’t know, I’m getting this vibe that you don’t like me as much. You seemed very distant, and it’s not that I’m rushing things or anything but, I really do like you and the last thing I want to do is put any pressure on you,” she sighed. “I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’d like to know if I’m jumping the horse here or not.”
Rob was lost again. The car was making a clanging noise. Maybe it wasn’t the breaks any more. This would cost him so much, and he had to fix it by the end of this week in time for that event…but where would he get the money from so soon?
He turned to face Rachael. She was talking and he hadn’t been listening. Something about a horse…he had no idea she had a horse! And from her tone, something was not right with it. She was looking at him, expecting a response.
“Relax Rachael, I’m sure everything will turn out right,” he said smiling at her.
Rachael frowned. What a deuce! Poured out my soul to him and he summarizes everything in a sentence? He didn’t even let me know whether he likes me or not!
Rachael was home. He got out and escorted her to her door, told her he had a lovely night and drove off home.
The weekend came and Rachael did not call him, maybe other plans came up.
So on Monday, when at the gym with a mutual friend, he remembered the horse.
“Dude, did you know Rachael had a horse?”