Love is Just A Walk in the Park
“Alright, Duke! Go get it!” Sam shouted encouragingly, giving the ball in his hand a squeeze before launching it across the open field. It gave a shrill squeak and his enormous Great Dane bounded after it, barking the whole way.
The giant of a man laughed at his behemoth of a dog, watching as the not-so graceful animal chased after his toy and finally caught it in his jaws. A glint of gold caught Sam’s eye when Duke started his route back to him, however, and he took his gaze off of his companion in favor of getting a better look at what the distracting light was reflecting off of.
The object holding Sam’s attention turned out to be a man, and a rather attractive one at that. The light was bouncing off of the guy’s caramel colored hair and Sam couldn’t help but stare at him as he made his way across the lawn of freshly cut grass. Right into Duke’s path. Duke…. Oh shit.
Sam snapped out of his trance just as Duke plowed right into the guy, both bodies crashing to the ground. In a matter of seconds, he had sprinted to the crash site and was kneeling next to the poor man his dog had plowed over.
“Oh God, I’m so sorry! Are you alright?” Sam asked as he offered a hand to the guy laying on the ground. It took him a second to realize that the man was laughing, and soon he was sitting up and petting the horse-sized dog at his side.
“I’m fine! I just didn’t see this big guy coming. How I missed him, I have no…” The man’s words tapered off as he looked up and met Sam’s eyes, both of them just sitting there in an awkward silence as Duke slobbered all over his ball. “….idea,” he finally finished, a smile breaking out across his face. “Well hello there, tall, dark, and handsome. I’m Gabriel.”
Sam brushed his hair back from his face with his hand, a blush rosying his cheeks as he returned Gabriel’s smile. “I’m Sam. I’m still really sorry about that. Duke sometimes forgets that he’s the size of a horse,” he said with a light laugh, scratching at the Great Dane’s belly and causing his tail to thump against the dirt enthusiastically.
“Nah, don’t be sorry! Sometimes I forget that I’m smaller than the average bear and need to be cautious of my surroundings,” Gabriel joked, laughing a little as he scratched at Duke’s ears. “Although, I do think I’ll need compensation for the heart attack your mammoth here gave me.”
Sam cocked an eyebrow at that, unable to help but smile like a goof at the adorable man before him. “Yeah? What kind of compensation are we talking about?”
“How about dinner?” Gabriel asked with waggle of his eyebrows and a flirtatious smile. “You can pick the place.”
“Dinner it is, then,” Sam smiled as he took a piece of paper Gabriel handed to him, glancing over the scribbled phone number before tucking it into the pocket of his shorts.
The caramel haired man smiled up at Sam, causing the latter’s heart to flutter. “I look forward to it, Sammich,” he said, standing up with the help of Sam and dusting off his pants. “I’ll see you later, and hopefully I’ll get to meet this handsome fella again,” Gabriel said as he bent down to rub Duke’s belly. He gave Sam a small wave, and with that, he was back to sauntering across the park, on to do whatever it was adorable men like that did on lazy Sunday afternoons.
Sam gave him a wave in return, watching as Gabriel shrunk out of sight in the distance. He stood there in silence for a moment before he felt Duke nudging his thigh, looking up at him expectantly. “C’mon, boy. Let’s head home. We’ve got a date to plan.”