He was a neighbour and I had been eyeing him for quite some time but he didn’t seem to notice all the attention that i was directing his way. I was too shy and proud to say hi so I threw him hints or at least I tried to. I smiled sometimes, cut my eyes at him on other occasions but nothing. Just when i was about to give up, he surprised me by saying hi one day. I stopped and said hi back and we talked a bit. He told me a bit about himself as we walked towards to the shops. When we got back, he asked me what I was doing on Saturday. I pretended to think about it for a minute and then I said yes. We set up a date at his house for later that week.

I was so excited that on the material day I arrived 30 minutes early. He seemed unperturbed by that and he welcomed me warmly. He was cooking and whatever it was, smelled good. I checked out his house as he was in the kitchen and it made me like him even more. He was neat and tidy and had great taste. There were no pictures of a woman anywhere and I took that as a good sign. I had not thought of asking him if he was seeing anyone, I made a mental note to later.

He turned out to be a great cook and she really enjoyed the food. He was also very good company. He was funny and he made her laugh without even trying. They watched a movie afterwards and when it ended, they headed to the balcony. They cuddled and naturally, they kissed. She put her hands in his shirt and massaged his chest but he didn’t seem to like that because he started to squirm and removed her hands. He was also talking different and saying something that she couldn’t quite make out. It was at that point that she woke up to find herself in a bus next to a stranger. It became apparent that the date was a dream. She was so embarrassed and couldn’t wait to reach her destination and get as far away from him as possible.

The stranger, who wasn’t so bad looking, was a good sport about the whole thing though and made her feel comfortable with his jokes and interesting stories. Her embarrassment was soon forgotten and she enjoyed the rest of her journey.

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