Rowan and Rahim are on their first date. Rahim made reservations at Select Spaces. Although he chose the 'Romantic' package, he was specific about dialing it back a little so Rowan wouldn't feel pressured about the date. He's very much interested in seeing her and doesn't want to ruin his chances, especially not on the first day.
Rahim has been sure to be a gentleman. He picked Rowan up, made sure she was seated and continued to ask if she needed anything. Rowan is very impressed. Bryce is their server this evening. He has welcomed them, provided them with the specials and is asking about their order.
Bryce: Certainly. Would you like bread with it?
Rowan: No, thank you.
Bryce: And for you, Sir.
Rahim: I would like the sirloin special, medium rare, with au jus. The rice pilaf, no salt, but please add steamed shrimp. I'll salt it myself. Oh, an dfor the vegetable, I would like the creamed spinach,
Bryce: Certainly. And for your drink?
Rahim: I would like Raspberry Tea, please.
Bryce: I will get your drinks, place your food order and be back shortly. I am here to be sure you enjoy your evening, so please to not hesitate to let me know if you need anything. Can I take your menus?
Rowan: I would like to keep mine a little longer to look over the desserts, please.
Bryce: No problem. I'll leave them for you.
Rowan: No, never. I was aware they were opening it last year, but I haven't had a chance or a reason to come here.
Rahim: I hope you like it here. I thought about taking you to the restaurant where I work, but I thought that would be too distracting. The staff would all be curious about you and I wouldn't get peace all night.
Rowan: I can understand that. Maybe at some point you will feel comfortable to have me dine with you at the restaurant where you work.
Rahim: I hope so. Of course, it's a little different if I'm not the chef working that evening. I would like chance to cook for you myself one day.
Rowan: Well, I would certainly like that. If you play your cards right, that could happen.
Rahim: Oh, I'm definitely the cards master. You'll taste my cooking for sure. So, why don't you tell me a little about yourself.
Rahim: You co-own the Flavor Café?
Rowan: No, I own it myself and Marisol technically works for me at the Café. However, she also has her own business wherein she makes cakes and other desserts. So we work together when I cater a wedding or large event. I'm better at general food and Marisol is better with cakes and desserts, so I subcontract with her to provide wedding and special cakes along with other desserts. Hence the cake testing with Marisol for your sister's wedding.
Rahim: Nice set up.
Rowan: Thank you. So tell me about yourself.
Rowan: That's so sweet.
Rahim: I'm also a one woman man. So when I say I'm interested, that's it. No field playing. So I'm expecting the same.
Rowan (smiling): I understand and agree. I want that respect too.
Rahim: Cool. So what are you looking for in a relationship?
Rahim: I don't think you should have to sacrifice your dream for a family. You can have both. I like that you have your business. One day I'd like my own restaurant.
Rowan: Really? Do tell.
Rowan: Well, it seems we both share a love for cooking.
Rahim: It does, doesn't it?
Rahim: Other than I'm attracted to you?
Rowan (laughing): Yes, other than that.
Rahim: I like to travel, I love my family. By the way, I think my mother would love you. Isis likes you, so I know my mother will.
Rowan: Is your father around?
Rahim: Unfortunately not. But he raised us well before he passed. He was a great man. He taught me to be gentleman, to care for my mother and sister and to respect women. I miss him so much, but my mother always says she sees him living in me. I'm very proud of that.
Rowan (smiling): It sounds like you should be.
Rahim: Not that I'm aware of. So tell me, why are you currently single?
Rowan (hesitating): Well, the last man I dated was intimidated by me. He couldn't handle a woman with her own business and path in life.
Rahim: That's sad for him. What a loss. You are clearly a beautiful, intelligent, self-sufficient woman who appreciates family. I wouldn't sleep on that.
Rowan: Some men do.
Rahim: Yes, some do, but I wouldn't.
Rowan (feeling her cheeks get hot): I like that.
Rowan and Rahim exchange a silent moment.
Rahim: And I'm just getting started. Give me a chance and I think you'll like what you see.
Rowan: I hope so. I'd like to see you again.
Rahim: As I you.
Rowan and Rahim enjoy the rest of their date. At least the first date went well. We'll have to see how things go with these two.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye