Aw yeah it’s funny in the skit but that would be sad!
Evelyn could cry.
She sat at the restaurant table for well over twenty minutes before she really started to think she had been ditched.
Thirty minutes later, she was sure she had been stood up.
She had been set up by mutual friends and the moment they met, this guy had not been at all interested in Evelyn. At first, she chalked it up to nerves or anxiety but the more time they spent together, she was sure he just wasn’t into her.
They hardly talked on the car ride to the restaurant and at the restaurant, Evelyn did her best to chat and fill the silence, trying to be sweet and nice but the guy just wasn’t interested. As they neared the end of the meal, he wiped his mouth with his napkin and said,
“I’ll be right, I’m going to the bathroom.”
She nodded and kept eating. And eating until she was done and her date still hadn’t returned. She looked around and waited some more and he still wasn’t around, his dinner more than half way eaten, but not finished still on the other side of the table and she began to feel embarrassed when the waiter came by and asked to take her plate and then asked if her date was finished.
“Uh, he went to the restroom.”
So he nodded and she sat there with a half eaten dinner and waited.
After half an hour, she realized she had been ditched and she fought back tears and she started to wonder how she was going to pay for it. She had money, but not enough to cover the cost of dinner and she was starting to wonder if it was this guy’s plan the whole time, seeing his pricey steak and scotch still untouched on the other side of the table. She wondered how she was going to get home since she clearly didn’t have money for a cab and she was too embarrassed to ask a friend for a ride.
Tears welled up in her eyes as humiliation felt hot on her face - dumped half way through a date with a guy who didn’t even want to be there with her. She had wished he had just turned her down at the door rather then take her out and publicly embarrass her like that. She dabbed her eyes, her purse on her lap as she wondered if she could scrape together enough for the meal as the waiter came by again, asking if she would be interested in dessert or coffee.
“No, thank you.”
“Just the check then?”
She nodded and she wondered again how she was going to pay for this. When the waiter returned with the black leather sleeve, he set it down and she opened it to see the price when she saw it was already paid. She looked up to get the waiter’s attention again when a stranger stopped her. He said,
“Ma'am? I paid your check.”
She looked up at the man, wearing nice dress pants and a white button down, his hair combed to the side, stubble on his face.
He was handsome and his voice quiet and soft and he seemed shy though he approached Evelyn anyway. He nodded and said,
“I saw the gentleman you were here with…then you were alone and I saw your concern…I thought it was wrong of him to do.”
“Oh..thank you. Thank you so much.”
He nodded and Evelyn stood up from her chair, smoothing down her dress, pushing back her hair from her face as he asked,
She nodded as he offered his arm and they both left the restaurant. Evelyn felt a bit better though she wondered how she was getting home.
“I’m Forrest by the way.”
“Was that your date before?”
"Yeah, he didn’t seem interested in me at all…I just didn’t think he’d ditch me.”
“I’m sorry. Do you need a lift home?”
Evelyn wanted to be wary of this handsome stranger, but she also felt vulnerable and she was soaking up his kindness.
“Yes, thank you.”
Forrest took her home and he didn’t put a hand on her the entire time. Once he pulled up to her door, she smiled at him and felt a lot better than she did at the restaurant.
“I know this might be poor timing but…would you like to go out some time?”
Evelyn laughed a bit but smiled.
“As long as you promise not to ditch me half way through.”
“I would never.”
Evelyn smiled and nodded, going into her purse, getting some paper and a pen and writing her number down as she gave it to him.
“Thank you..for everything.”
He nodded, a slight smile on his mouth as he looked at the bit of paper with her number on it.
“I’ll call you.”
Evelyn wasn’t expecting much but she nodded and thanked him again as she got out of his car and went to her apartment, still feeling embarrassed about what happened, but grateful that Forrest had been there to save her.