Her rule for this year was to be more brave.
She texted her best friend saying that she had gotten an invite for drinks and that she was hesitant, but not hesitant enough to say no. She wished that her best friend was in London with her but alas she was off in the far away land of Coventry. Her best friend said if she said yes she should bring somebody along because you have to be careful about these things.
What if she said yes, went by herself and he turned out to be a 50 year old pervert? God forbid. Her next problem was to find someone who wouldn’t judge. The stigma of online dating had been partly removed over the years but she didn’t think some of her friends would understand why she was on a site like that. She knew the perfect person and so, after telling her the lowdown and even showing her the blog post she wrote about it, her friend agreed. In fact, her friend even commended her and said that she was actually going to try speed dating in the summer if she was still single then.
The plan was for her friend to go into the bar first and then they would go in after. She was worried because she didn’t want her friend to look like a loner, but her friend was okay with it and said she’d keep herself busy. She said she’d act like she was being stood up. Brave girl.
They were meant to meet at 7 but he asked to move it to 7.30 but since she had already left her house, she decided to continue and meet up with her friend so they could have a little catch up and try to calm her nerves. She was going to wear her heeled boots but she had worn them that morning for an interview and had cut her ankle because she forgot to wear socks with them. It hurt to walk. Honestly, if he couldn’t deal with how short she was then that was his loss.
She ordered a Woo Woo when they got to the bar, and noticed her bartender friend was also working that night. Her friend had to leave a little early, so she thought it’d be a good idea to let her bartender friend know what was going on. She really, really, really hoped she wasn’t going to get catfished.
They chose a seat at the back of the bar. The music was quite loud but at least it was good and she could still hear what her friend was saying. Her friend was telling her about Dating in the Dark. She couldn’t see herself doing that ever. Ever.
She sipped her drink real slow because she knew what a lightweight she was. If she drank any faster she’d surely end up with her face making out with the floor. It had happened before. She decided to go up quickly to let him know where she was, as there was no reception downstairs and as she went back up the stairs she spotted him outside. He was wearing a green coat, was quite tall (well, anyone could be quite tall compared to her) and she thanked the gods that he looked like he did in his profile picture. She could literally kiss them.
There was the mandatory greeting and ‘Nice to meet you!’ and a hug, and then they made their way downstairs into the bar which was becoming more packed. She was nervous as she led him to her table but she bottled it as best as she could. He laughed as she already told him that she already had a drink and so he went off to get his own. As he turned the corner, she let out a big sigh of relief and a thumbs up to her friend who was sitting two tables down. Her friend grinned.
When he came back, they went straight into talking and it wasn’t awkward at all. They actually had quite a lot to talk about and she found out that he watched Community but didn’t know that Donald Glover was Childish Gambino, as well. When she said she basically saw Troy from Community last week, his eyes bugged out. He high fived her when she said she owned the Firefly boxset and recommended her some films she should ‘definitely, totally, like seriously’ watch.
Second round of drinks were on him. They had gone to an Adventure Bar, and so she dared him to do the Cricket Soup Challenge. They would make a cocktail and place a cricket on top which you had to eat. She didn’t think he would actually do it but he did, and she shuddered but was also secretly impressed. He even got her that Long Island Iced Tea because in her profile under ‘On a typical Friday night I am…’ she had written, ‘Netflix binge watching. Look, don’t judge me – I’m a broke graduate, I haven’t got money to be going out. If I did you’d frequently find me at Adventure Bar drinking Long Island Ice Teas.’
She could go into details but she wanted to keep it all to herself but she would definitely say that it went really well for a first date with someone she had met online. Her bartender friend even came over to say hi and give free strawberry bonbon shots and lit the candle on their table.
They stayed until closing time but honestly, they didn’t even notice the time.
Happy Valentine’s Day.