Second Chance Under A Lucky Star?

It has been three days since her chance encounter with her mystery man
She has played the moments in her mind over and over and has dreamed of meeting him again
She thinks about what she would do differently if she could just see him again
Would she be bold and flirt outrageously? Would she suggest a real date to get to know each other?
She was planning her usual way of spending Wednesday night…a latte and novel at her favorite place.
Would he be there tonight? Maybe she should wear a cute outfit just in case…

“Three days since our chance meeting”, Gabe thought to himself.
Tonight is the night the barista said Emma would return to hang out for the evening
“Dare he hope that she would keep to her routine? I hope so.”, Gabe voiced this last bit aloud.
“I think I’ll wear a nice shirt in case she’s there and I can convince her to go out with me.
Now what to wear and how to introduce myself…”, he wondered to himself.

Ensconced in a cozy corner of the coffee shop with a cup of coffee, Emma’s eyes survey the cafe.
“Is he here possibly looking for me? Will he happen to show up again?”, Emma wonders to herself.
She tried to read her book to keep from constantly looking for him, but she couldn’t focus.
“I’m being nervous over nothing. I’ll probably never see him again.”, Emma thought crossly.
The cafe’s door chime sounds and right before her eyes, her mystery man materializes.
He walks straight towards her, a sweet, relieved smile lighting his face and eyes.
“Hi, I’m Gabe”, her mystery man introduces himself. “May I sit with you?”
“Oh, my God!”, Emma thinks to herself. “He’s even better looking up close!”
“Sure.”, She says to Gabe. “Oh my God! He’s really here!”, Emma thinks to herself. “You might remember me from a couple of nights ago…”, Gabe begins. “I was the guy staring at you from across the room because I was too chicken to introduce myself. I hope to make up for that now.”, Gabe continues. “I’ve given you my name, what’s yours? ” “I remember you…”, Emma says. ” I have to admit, I was kind of hoping I’d see you again. Nice to see my wish come true. I’m Emma.”, Emma breathes. “Well, I’m glad to hear you wanted to see me again as much as I wanted to see you.”, Gabe said with a wink.

Just like in her dreams, Emma and Gabe talked and laughed and had no problem passing the time getting acquainted with each other. Gabe was just as charming as she hoped and seemed to always have a quick smile ready. Gabe felt the same way. He really felt he connected with Emma. She was sweet, witty, intelligent, with a little bit of a wild side. She was even better than he dreamed and hoped to have the chance to get to know her better…

“I was wondering…would you like to get a drink sometime or maybe dinner? It’s totally no pressure. I’d just like to get to know you better.”, Gabe asked. “Well…”, Emma thought to herself. “I did want a chance with him..” “Alright. I’d love to go out with you.”, Emma smiled and answered. “Whew!”, Gabe exclaimed. “For a minute there. I thought you might say no.” Emma smiled and put her hand on Gabe’s. “No. I didn’t want to say ‘no’. You seem like someone I’d like to get to know better.”, Emma assured him. “Well, I’m glad. So Emma, I’m curious…are you the type who likes surprises?”, Gabe asked. “Oh yes!”, Emma laughed. “I love surprises!” Gabe leans forward. captivated by Emma’s smile and infectious laugh. “Well, I’ll be sure to plan the best date you’ve ever had!” Gabe promised. “I want to make sure I can keep spending time with you.”, Gabe grinned.

“Wow!”, Gabe said. “It’s getting late! I can’t believe we’ve been talking for 4 hours…it doesn’t feel like we’ve been talking that long at all.” Gabe smiled. “Can I walk you home, Emma? I feel badly for keeping you out so late.” Gabe inquired. “That would be great.”, Emma replied, relieved. ” I really didn’t want to have to walk home alone this late. I’d appreciate the company.”, she added. “My pleasure, I can’t let a nice, beautiful woman like yourself walk home alone. My mother raised me better than that.”, Gabe replied flirtatiously. “Shall we go?”, Gabe asked as Emma gathered her things. “Let’s!”, Emma smiled.

As Gabe and Emma walked the seven blocks back to Emma’s apartment, they continued  chatting easily as they surreptitiously sneaked glanced at each other congratulating themselves on how well their night went and that they were going to have a real date. Before they knew it, Emma’s building appeared and their time together for the night was coming to an end. “There’s my building ahead on the right.”, Emma pointed out. “Here’s my card so you can call me.”, Emma handed Gabe her card brushing him fingertips lightly as she pulled her hand away. Gabe grabbed her hand as she pulled away. “I’m glad you were at the cafe tonight. I had a great time.”, Gabe whispered to Emma as his lips hovered over her hand to kiss her knuckles. Emma flushed at the romantic gesture glad that she was in shadow so Gabe couldn’t see. “I had a great time too, Gabe.”, Emma replied breathlessly, realizing that she had indeed enjoyed herself. “Before I go, I’m curious. Are you free Saturday night by chance for our date?”, Gabe asked hoping she would say yes since he was already looking forward to seeing her again. “Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.”, Emma smiled, glad that Gabe wasn’t the type to suggest a date and then disappear for a while. “Great! I’ll pick you up at seven.”, Gabe smiled back, happy that yet again she’d said yes and seemed to want to have their date as much as he did. “Good night, Emma. I’ll see you Saturday night!”, Gabe grinned. “Good night, Gabe. I look forward to it.”, she smiled and winked as she walked inside her building.

As she closed the door, Emma leaned against it grinning like a fool over Gabe and the last few hours they spent talking and getting to know each other. She floated upstairs to prepare for bed and dream about Gabe and the fun time they had that night.

When Emma closed the door, Gabe couldn’t stop smiling for thinking about tonight and the wonderful time he had with Emma. He couldn’t wait for Saturday to come and hated the fact that it was only Wednesday and that he had to wait a couple of days to see her again. Gabe walked down the stairs of Emma’s building whistling already planning a great date that Emma would love.

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