Dominic: Hi. I thought you were off today.
Brett: I am, but I got the message that you wanted to talk to me, so I thought I'd stop by for a few minutes. Are you too busy to talk right now?
Dominic: No. I'm only inspecting the spaces and this won't take long. Would you like to have a seat?
Brett: No, thank you.
Dominic: Well, I will. I need a break anyway.
Brett (smiling): This is great. I know I still have a lot to learn.
Dominic: It won't be hard with the time I've spent showing you about the finances, ordering, scheduling and other things. Now you'll be able to focus on daily operations in the manager role. It's just another step.
Brett: Okay. I'm looking forward to it. When do we start?
Dominic: Well, we need to be sure your shifts are filled, so I'd like to have you help me interview a new employee. We can't be short-handed with the staff.
Dominic: We'll talk about it the next time you work. You should be enjoying your day off. Do you have any plans?
Brett: Yes, I'm going to the park with Marlin.
Dominic (smiling): I like her. She's a great server. Does she know?
Brett: No, I haven't told her. I wanted to see how things go with us first.
Brett: And they are going very well. I can see myself being with her long-term.
Dominic: Good. I'm very happy for you both. But you'll need to tell her eventually. Probably sooner, rather than later.
Dominic: Well, do what works for you. But remember, a good way to ruin a relationship is by not being honest.
Brett: I know. I appreciate the advice and everything you've done for me. You know that, right?
Dominic: Of course.
Brett: Well, I should get going. I wouldn't want to keep Marlin waiting.
Dominic: Then that means my break is over. Have a good time and we'll talk during your next shift.
Brett: Okay. Bye.
Brett leaves, happy about the news that he'll be in a manager role. That means a lot, like he's ready for the responsibility and that he'll get a significant raise. He picks up Marlin and they go to the park. They go to a park which has a family area with play areas and picnic benches and separate couples and adults only area with smaller tables and some benches with two seats. It's a very popular park and people love that they can enjoy it for different reasons.
They're sitting in the couples and adults area enjoying food they bought from a vendor at the park. They've been talking about their week and general things as they come up during the conversation.
Brett: Yes, and it will also soon be time for cozy fires and beautiful leaves falling. Then Christmas right after Thanksgiving. There are so many things to enjoy with each season.
Marlin: Yes, those are good things to look forward to soon. So what's going with you. Not that you aren't always, but you seem happier today.
Brett considers telling her about the manager position, but then decides to wait. Instead, he feels there's something more pressing for him to discuss.
Marlin (blushing): I love spending time with you too, Brett. I'm so glad we get along so well. You're so nice to me and so thoughtful.
Brett: Well, you deserve it.
Brett looks at Marlin, just smiling for a few seconds.
Brett takes a breath. He wants to be sure about what he wants to say.
Marlin (feeling surprised, but excited about what Brett is saying): Uh..
Brett: I want to be in a committed relationship with you. Can we call it official?
I can't believe it. This man wants to be with me. I have to stay calm. Stay calm, but happy. I'm not asking him, he's asking me. He's so sweet. He's actually asking me to be with him...in a relationship. A committed relationship. I can't believe we went from friends to this. Wow! I'm so happy right now.
After gathering her thoughts and realizing Brett is still waiting patiently for an answer and looking hopeful, Marlin finds the words to respond.
Marlin: Yes! Yes, Brett, we can call it official.
Brett doesn't say anything. He simply gets up, reaches for Marlin and pulls her up from her seat. He pulls her in quickly and kisses her like they have never kissed before.
Marlin (grinning): I'm happy too and, I don't want to get ahead of myself.
Brett: You're not.
Marlin: I want to make you happy too.
Awww!! It looks like Marlin has a man in her life now for sure who wants her as much (maybe more) as she wants him. Good for her.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye