Sunday, September 10, 2017

Can We Call it Official?

It's Sunday early afternoon and Brett has plans to go to the park with Marlin.  They have been spending quite a bit of time together doing fun things, like bowling, playing pool, going to the park.  Today they plan to spend time relaxing and enjoying each other's company before the weather gets cooler and the summer officially ends. Before he picks her up, Brett is stopping by Select Spaces, where they both work.  He's stopping to talk to Dominic Balducci, the owner.

Brett:  Hi.
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.

Dominic:  So I wanted to talk to you about you moving into the manager position, like we planned.  I think you have done as I asked and started in an entry level position to really understand operations and customer service first hand.  What are your thoughts?
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.  

Brett:  Okay.  That sounds good.
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.
Dominic:  And?
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.  

Brett:  I know. I'll tell her when the time is right.
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.

Marlin:  This is such a beautiful day, the last of them before the beautiful fall days.  I guess it's time to start bringing out the warmer clothes.
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.

Brett:  I'm just happy to spend time with you today.  I feel like we've gotten closer and I...I just look forward to seeing you.  Plus, you look so good today.
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.

Marlin:  What?  What is it?  What are you thinking?

Brett takes a breath.  He wants to be sure about what he wants to say.

Brett:  Marlin, I have feelings for you and I want to keep getting to know you better.  I feel like we make a great couple and I, well, I want to make it clear that you're my lady.  My only lady.
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?

Marlin looks at Brett.  Her head is swirling with thoughts like: 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 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.  

It's a passionate kiss, longer and more deeply than the prior quick pecks on the lips they had exchanged each time before.

They both feel something stir inside.  When they finally stop, they take a moment to look at each other.

Brett:  I'm a very happy man right now and I promise I'll keep working to make you happy.
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


  1. Yay! I'm so happy for them. You know I'm all the way to their wedding now 😂😂😂 He got two new positions in one day. Great episode.....looking forward....

    1. Thank you! Things are looking up for these two. I'm glad Marlin has progressed enough to remain calm and appreciate a man who wants her.

  2. Nice! I am happy for Marlin. She deserves a guy who will make her feel like number 1. Maybe she should wait to tell her mother though. Her mom might push her into pressing Brett for a deeper commitment. I just wouldn't want that to hurt things for her.

    1. Hi, Phyllis. I do wonder how her mother will react. That will be interesting.

  3. I am so happy for Marlin!!! Yay!! I have always wanted her to find someone that loves her just as much as she loves them. This was a very sweet story. Love it! Looking forward to hearing more about them.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad Brett found the nerve to ask her out. He could have been stuck in the friend zone if Bryce hadn't pushed them both. I wonder if they will stay together long-term.

  4. Ah, they are Facebook Official! At least I think that's the term nowadays. Phyllis is right. Telling her mom might be a bad way to go.

    1. LOL! That's funny. I didn't know that was a term.

  5. Good for Marlin, they seem good together. I wonder about the info he's holding back though.

    1. I'm happy for Marlin. I just hope she holds on to her sanity.

      Hmmm... I wonder what Brett's not telling too.


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