It's Wednesday night and Parker and Marlin are going on their first date. Parker offered to pick Marlin up, but she chose to drive herself because she needs to stop at the store on the way home. This is her only day off this week, she hasn't had time to food shop and because she was busy getting ready earlier in the day, she decided she would go after the date and grab a few items.
Parker has met Marlin at the restaurant, Color Burst. Parker suggested it because he heard about it from an acquaintance. The hostess has shown them to their table.
Marlin: Yes, they do! This is funny, but I was actually sitting in this very restaurant the day you called to ask me out. So it's pretty cool we're eating here today.
Parker: Yes, that is pretty cool. Would you like to have a seat?
Marlin: Yes, thank you.
Parker ensures Marlin is comfortable in her seat, then he sits down.
Marlin: Thank you. I was hoping you would like this dress. I wasn't sure how to dress. You know, not too fancy, but fancy enough.
Parker: What you are wearing is fine. It's a nice dress.
Marlin: Well, I haven't had anything I haven't liked yet. Do you want something light or hearty? Most people eat light. I guess because they just want to snack along with enjoying their drinks. But they have some good items to fill you up too.
Parker: I'm hungry, so I think I'd like something that will fill me up and be a little healthy.
While looking over the menu, the waitress comes to the table to greet the pair and get their drink orders. She quickly returns with the initial order and takes the food order. Parker is enjoying a frothy brew and Marlin opted for a sweet mixed drink.
Parker: It's going well. I'm getting more jobs lined up through Henriched Interior Designs. So my business is growing. I'm interviewing a few freelance contractors and handymen so I can take on bigger jobs when I need to or have more jobs going at one time.
Marlin: That's nice. Are you still living with your sister?
Marlin: That's thoughtful of you. But at least with your own place, you won't feel like you're in the way. Plus, you can have company over any time you want.
Marlin: That's so exciting, isn't it? I hope you feel like you can really settle down here.
Parker: I do think so. If I rent for a while I can still save up to buy a house.
Marlin: Well, I work at more than one job. I also work at the upscale restaurant, Lila's. I enjoy serving. It's easy, good money and when I leave work, I leave work. No stress.
Parker: I can understand that.
Marlin: Yes, and I meet new people. Plus this is a decent career if you want a family.
Parker: Oh. Well, it sounds like you have really thought it out.
Marlin (touching her hair with a big grin): Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it.
Parker: You're welcome. So tell me something else about yourself. What do you like to do?
Marlin: I like to spend time with friends. I read magazines like Good Housekeeping and Vogue. I think it's helpful to stay in tuned with subjects that affect women.
Parker: That makes sense. It's good you keep up to date on things you like.
The server returns with their food and places it on the table. She asks if they need anything else and they both say they are fine and thank her.
Marlin: It certainly is. But you can't just stop at trying one item. Maybe we can come back again and try some new dishes.
Parker: Maybe we can.
Parker: I work out. I like staying fit. I had to get in the habit while I was in the armed forces. You have to be able to keep up.
Marlin: Did you like being in the armed forces?
Parker: It was okay. I did some interesting things and now it's time to use some of what I learned and be part of the civilian world.
Marlin: Can you tell me about places you visited and maybe some funny things that happened?
Parker: Sure, I can.
Parker shares stories about places where he was stationed and funny things he could remember in between bites. Marlin laughs a lot. She is enjoying herself. After they are finished their meal, the server returns to clear the table. Parker orders coffee and dessert and Marlin orders cappuccino with whipped cream.
Marlin: No, I'm fine. I feel a little full. The cappuccino will be pushing it, but I will enjoy it.
Parker: Okay, then.
Parker (laughs): I get it. I'll just pump some extra iron as penance, but I love some dessert.
Marlin (giggling): I think it would take a lot more than once piece of cake to mess up the muscles you have.
Parker (blushes): Thank you.
The server returns with the dessert Parker ordered, his coffee and Marlin's cappuccino.
Marlin: That looks delicious.
Parker: I can get the server to bring another fork if you'd like a bite.
Marlin: Thank you so much for the offer, but I will pass. Maybe we can share a dessert next time.
Parker: You don't know what you're missing, but let me know if you change your mind.
Parker: No, my father lives in Texas and my mother lives in Michigan.
Marlin: Oh. I'm sorry to hear they are not close. Do you get to see them often?
Parker: My father I talk to pretty often, but my mother and I are not close. What about your parents?
Marlin: My parents live one state over, in Delaware. I do speak with my mother often, but my father seems content to get most of his information from my mother. We're not very close.
Parker: I don't think I can see myself behaving that way as a father. I would want to be very close to my children. As long as you are okay with your relationship.
Marlin: He's a good guy. It's just how he is, I guess. But, I do want my children to have a father who is close to them. I feel like I missed on something some of my friends had.
Marlin: Oh, it does. I do know not everyone has been lucky enough to have both parents in their lives, especially in the same house. So in that respect, I am lucky.
Parker: You are. There's always time to improve things.
Marlin: I'll keep that in mind.
They chat about a few frivolous things like the weather, while they finish the food and drinks. Parker pays the check when the server brings it and they are ready to leave the restaurant and end their time together. Parker gets up and offers his hand to Marlin to help her rise from her chair. Then, like a gentleman, he allows her to start walking in front of him. As they are about to walk to the door, Marlin decides to turn around and touches Parker on his arm.
Parker: I had a very nice time with you as well. You have been good company.
Marlin (hesitating for a few moments, hopeful): You can feel free to call me anytime if you'd like to get together again.
Parker: Okay. That sounds good.
Marlin: Great! Well, I probably should get headed to the market. Thank you for the lovely evening.
Parker: Thank you! I really have enjoyed myself too. I'll walk you to your car so I can be sure you get there safely.
I'm sure Marlin was waiting for a kiss, but it's only a first date and Parker doesn't seem to be in a hurry. But it sounds like they both had a good time. We'll see where it goes.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye