Sunday, February 14, 2016

Marlin's & Parker's First Date

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. 

Parker:  I hope this place is good.  I've heard they have good food and drinks.
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.

Parker:  You look very nice. 
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.

Parker:  So, since you have been here before, do you have any suggestions? 
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.

Marlin:  So, how are things going with your business?
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?

Parker:  Yes, but I'm starting to look around to figure out if I want to get my own place or get a place with a roommate.  I know Craig and Avery want their privacy back.  I do what I can to stay out of their way. 
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.

Parker:  Yes, there are a lot of plusses to having my own place again.  I like it here.  Things are working out.  I'm meeting people, which is nice.  So I think I'll call it my home.
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. 

Parker: Enough about me.  Please tell me about yourself.  I know where you work.  What else is there to know about you?
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:  Really?

Marlin:  Yes.  I can hardly wait to settle down.  I plan to be a great wife and mother.  Oh, I can just imagine holding a little one in my arms.  I can schedule shifts around my family's needs.  I mean, that's not exactly why I started serving, but I know lots of wives and mothers who tell me how easy it is.
Parker: Oh.  Well, it sounds like you have really thought it out.

Parker:  I have to apologize. I meant to tell you that I like your hairstyle.  It's very becoming.
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.

Parker:  Well, I have to say you're right.  This look good and it's delicious.
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.

Marlin:  So, I have been talking about me.  It's your turn again.  Besides your business, what else do you like to do?
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.

Parker:  There are so many good dessert items on that menu.  Are you sure you don't want to order something else to go with your cappuccino?
Marlin:  No, I'm fine.  I feel a little full.  The cappuccino will be pushing it, but I will enjoy it.
Parker:  Okay, then.

Marlin:  I also like to watch my figure. I cannot afford a new wardrobe.  I think exercising self-control helps my wardrobe and my wallet. 
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 sips on the cappuccino slowly while Parker digs into his dessert.

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.

Marlin:  I hope you don't mind my asking, but do your parents live near here?
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.

Parker: It sounds like he was there to help raise you, so that has to count for something.
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.

Marlin (smiling):  I had a good time.  It's been nice getting to know you.  I hope I haven't been boring.
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

16 comments:

  1. This was a very interesting first date. Is it me, or was Marlin dropping lots of hints about what a good wife and mother she would make?!!! You could tell she really liked Parker! It was nice that they both asked question and seemed interested in hearing about each other. I have been on dates in the past where all the guy would do was talk about himself and not even ask one question about me. Needless to say, they did not get a second date!

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    1. I think Marlin has been pretty clear about what she is looking for. But I think being honest about expectations early is best. No need to waste time if you are both going in absolutely opposite directions.

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  2. This went well! Marlin wasn't subtle about some things, but she's so nice that I hope that Parker didn't mind :-). Parker was so polite, he's a great guy. This can go in any direction, I'm curious to see if they will have a second date!

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    1. It actually did go okay. Marlin did manage to pull herself back a little. Parker is pretty cool.

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  3. A wonderful post Jaye, I love your dialogues. Parker is a bit of a shy guy, isn't he?

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    1. Thank you, Billa. He has had girlfriends in the past. So he must have some way with the ladies, but I do think he is reserved.

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  4. Things were going great in my opinion until Marlin started talking about how she can't wait to settle down and be a wife and mother...good grief. I had to put my tablet down for a few minutes and come back later. Lol I am interested to see where this goes from here.

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    1. LOL! I'm glad you were able to finish reading about their date, Jewell. I think Marlin recovered by refocusing on Parker. Syren promised to prep her.

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  5. Oh how I remember those first dates; careful balancing acts. You did a great job. If Parker doesn't ask her out again, I'm gonna set up a blind date with one of my guys. Pa-lease let them date again. They are so sweet. Staying tuned......

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    1. First dates are certainly interesting. Marlin is a sweetheart and she deserves a good man. We shall see what happens.

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  6. Great story! Marlin has such a sweet demeanor. It is clear that she likes him. She needs to take it a little slow. I hope Parker does not run away from it. I can see how this could go either way. Looking forward to the next episode!

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    1. Hi, Georgia Girl. Thank you! Marlin is a sweetheart. We'll see if it works out or not.

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  7. Seems like a great first date and the prospects for another date sounds promising. Good luck to Marlin and Parker, they make a cute couple.

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    1. Hi, Chris! Thank you. Yes, it doesn't sound like Parker is closed to the idea of another date. If only Marlin can calm down.

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  8. GREAT date, nice convo. I hope there is a 2nd date.

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  9. I dunno. I wasn't feeling a connection myself. I agree that Parker is reserved and a bit on the cautious side. Marlin, however, has such a specific agenda that it seems like almost any man will do for her, as long as she can start popping out babies and going to PTA meetings.

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