Chapter - 3
Waking up next morning I remembered about my date with Andrew OMG what am I going to do? What am I going to wear? I called Laura up to come over and help me out and me down. Laura was the best when it came down to this subject,
My best friend Laura caring, stylish and compassionate and most of all understanding
She was here soon
She had me wearing a red pretty dress not too short not too long for my taste
Wearing black stalkings under it
I was just so nervous my first ever date how would I flare or suck?
God Al’ stop acting like you’re undergoing some sort of emotional crisis
Well I am
She glared at me
I was so nervous what if I messed up? What if he tries to kiss me? What do I do I went
God calm down Alex its bound to happen and don’t stress out its gonna get you nowhere all you have to do is wear that brilliant smile and be positive and cheery and I promise you that everything will go well
I don’t know Laura…
Oh gosh Alex you seriously got to chillax!!
Chillax??? Seriously Laura?
Sorry but it’s contagious his language..
I laughed as the bell rang
And my nerves going crazy again
Calm down she said pressing on my shoulder, you look beautiful so just smile
I nodded as we descended down the stairs and I saw Andrew
He looked good
But he had worn something so simple and me I passed a look at Laura more like a glare
We didn’t even seem to match!!
He smiled at me never-the-less
God this was such a mess he was in blue and white and me red and black does this even match in a million years?
Well no, Dh!!
He was so informal
I reluctantly followed after his retreating form outside the door not before giving Laura a last glare
Have fun she sounded almost skeptical
This was so pathetic I told myself more like in a repeating in an monotonous tone
He had his car parked outside
I wanted to go on and state cool car but that sounds so damn informal!!
But I went on
Nice car I said smiling at him
He beamed at me
You think, I know exactly I just got it a week back it’s a Octavia
Oh I state that’s the brand about which Jason was bragging off yesterday
I opened the door sliding in .It looked beautiful from inside
He slid in reversing the car and out of the lane
Why should I tell? He asked teasing me
No can tell he said
I just pouted
He laughed at my expression
He continued to look back at the road driving
Want to listen to some music?
I don’t know maybe… I went I was feeling rather nervous
He stopped the car by the signal
Alex you have to ease out, don’t be all nervous
Really he said grabbing ahold of my hand
I looked at him attentively
He just stared at me I was starting to feel uncomfortable under his graze they seemed wrong in a way I just couldn’t understand
The car parked behind ours honked but he seemed too dazed to take notice
But I knew I was started to get off guard he just stared at me not in my eye but me like scanning my whole face
Andrew the signal
Oh ya he said as he went back to directing the car we were there in few minutes there was no conversation after that incident
I just didn’t seem to understand was this all because he looked at me that way? Well that’s supposed to be normal rite? I mean is it our date and my first date maybe that’s why I feel so unfamiliar and awkward to his behavior it was not foreign but I had never experienced such close inspection…
But then the fact was that Drew had never looked at me that way before then why did he? It was like this was the first time he noticed me I tried to banter against this but I couldn’t place a finger to what? , Now that he had finally asked me out it can’t be unless he had noticed me before but-
Alex you alright? Drew asked tearing me away from my daze
Oh yes, I’m fine I stuttered
He stopped the car
He positioned my shoulder towards him as he looked at me briefly concerned
You’re not still nervous are you?
Nervous me? No way I am I mean I’m not
He just nodded at me
We had finally stopped as he parked the car outside the building
During the entire drive I couldn’t feel right so uncomfortable so not in place the reason
I decided I had to put my thoughts behind and act appropriately because I couldn’t afford to seem nervous and out of skin in front of Andrew
We stepped out of his car, the building was tall and well-sculptured it looked marvelous and beautifully lavished with good design,
I knew this place I’ve seen this before, it looks quite recent, but I couldn’t put my finger on it
It’s- it’s beautiful
I know Andrew dragged as he walked across from me soon by my side as he tugged his car key into his pocket
We entered the lavished building it looked beautiful and perfect both external as well as internally
That’s when it hit me; it’s the Golden Diamond Restaurant
It’s the golden diamond restaurant I exclaimed too loud for my preference because I had turned a few heads with my exclamation
I looked down embarrassed soon turning a shade of crimson
We walked up to the receptionist
He stated she looked up and then typed a few keys as the information arrived on her monitor
Mr. Martinez the table at the corner not by the window with the normal style, lights elevated above and no drinks she recited
I was so close to laughing since when did people get this systematic she sounded like a robot! I swear if Lou were here…
Yes, Mr. Martinez, Miss Leland will lead you to your assigned table
We looked up to a blond who was apparently Miss Leland smiled at Andrew wearing a light sky blue top tucked in in a beige but not as Andrew’s Octavia but slightly lighter shade of beige
She walked ahead she looked around the age of her early 20’s nothing more than the receptionist
She led us through to a table opposite to the bar to the slight corner not by the window as she had stated I looked at the other spot more isolated by the window if only, but maybe Drew didn’t prefer the window I shook the thought away taking a seat as Drew slid in opposite me
He smiled his amazing smile
Do you like the place? he asked in a soft tone
Like the place? Drew I love it and my voice had reached a higher tone by the end of the sentence gathering a few onlookers never the less turning red I looked back at Drew who had his attention elsewhere, following his sight, lead to a couple sitting at the isolated spot, their sat a blond male staring vividly at us or more particularly me, he looked good but his stare made me shift in my seat uncomfortably noticing this a slight smirk pulled at the corner of his mouth as he stared at me, opposite him sat a blond woman who was looking at the man admiringly, I looked back at Andrew immediately not able to stand the stare he looked nervous for the first time today I called him and he soon looked at me lost
Sorry he asked slightly too apologetic for my liking
Drew you were lost
Oh sorry he laughed nervously which came out as a weak attempt on chuckling but I moved on
Drew this place is beautiful, how come you got me here
These words helped me capture his attention
Oh, well I thought you might like it and his weak smile was back on
But this was not drew not the drew I knew this one seemed too weak neglecting the valiant thought of something distracting him ever so obviously
I tried to make conversation but he just kept looking away
This place is so systematic I mean did you see that girl at the reception she was practically reciting our table
I felt sympathetic to myself this seemed hopeless
Oh ya Alex I know he went
I couldn’t hold back the frown but he warded it off
I tried further on commenting on the idea of him taking me out but he seemed far too distracted to listen to a word I was saying,
Drew he looked back at me all alert I felt despicable
Drew this so not working your barely even listening to a word I’m saying
Drew it’s obvious
It was lucky the waiter came by to break up the banter
What would you like to order Mr. Martinez?
I’ll go with shezhan egg salad with prawn rice
Yes, and what would you like to order Miss Greene?
I looked at her perplexed how did she know my name?
I looked at Andrew with a raised eyebrow he just chuckled nodding at me in means to say he’d explain later
I would like potato mash with pepper chicken-bread
Pepper medium or less?
Medium not much will do, I said in the same formal accent that all of them seem to use in this place
Yes, she said smiling at us
Will that do?
A bottle of water she asked
I stayed silent what’s wrong with a bottle of water? What is with this place?
Millie-liter half a liter quarter liter?
Half a liter will do Miss Lalander Drew answered saving me
Sparkling or normal?
Theirs sparkling water? I wanted to ask
Normal said Drew trying to avoid my amused expression
Thank you for your order, Mr. Martinez and Miss Greene you’re food and drink will be delivered to you accordingly she nodded with a smile dismissing herself
Woah I muttered
Somehow Andrew just looked ill-humored
I didn’t want to get back from where we started so I went back to trying conversation in vain
How did she know my name? I asked
Your name? Oh well, um.. I had told her your name when I booked the table
It’s our- I mean their custom
Oh I nodded in understanding
They take the names of the people you’re booking a table for
He nodded he seemed so far away so distant and so different why? I looked back to see him look at the same table but this time he nudged my elbow to look back at him before I could have a proper look at the brunett looking at me from the same desolated table
He first looked at me in word loss but then muttered
The food’s here
His face displayed no emotions the humor-filled drew was gone and here was the distant Andrew
I nodded as a different waitress placed the food on the table then taking off the cover
Enjoy the meal! She smiles and she walked back into the kitchen
The food looked glorious
Drew chuckled at look of my face
What? It looks delicious I say in my defense but when I look up he looks back nervous and afar to the same table but this time I was losing it this was supposed to be a date not stare at the other table contest
Drew he looked annoyed I was so close to giving up my first date how worse could it get all he does was look at the table not me, like he looked at me thoroughly in the car and now all he cares to do is look away at the distant table
I don’t think this is-
He cut me off sounding rather anguished for some reason
Exactly, I’m getting annoyed
You’re getting annoyed? what the heck did I do on this date to make you annoyed?
He looked at me annoyed but didn’t say a thing
Exactly, what has gotten into you I’ve noticed that from the time I got here all you did was stare that that distant table I said glaring at him
I saw him flush
I was not! He retorted back at me
Ya right, cause for the past 15 minutes or so all you’ve been doing is speaking to me! I said storming
He looked distant yet again, hopeless!
This date was a mistake he said looking at me for like the first time since we entered this restaurant
Then maybe it was I said getting up grabbing my purse as I rushed out of the place