Cassie and Jared were out on their first date after flirting with each other over the past six months. It was going well and both were enjoying each others’ company.
“Want to get some lunch?” Cassie asked, looking around at all the lovely cafes that lined the street.
Jared took a long, deep breath then sighed. “Sure, how about Vernon’s Veggie Hut?”
Cassie was surprised. Jared didn’t look like a veggie eater. She thought back to all the meals she had seen him eat and, now that she thought about it, she never did see him eat anything other than a salad. Maybe he was on a diet?
“Where would you like to go?” Jared asking, seeing how uncomfortable Cassie had become. “I’ll eat where ever.”
“No,” she said, shaking her head. “It’s okay. What else do they offer there?”
Jared looked at the ground and twisted his foot in some dirt. “Just veggies.”
“Listen Jared,” Cassie said, “I’ve had a great time –”
Jared knew what was coming next. He had heard it all before. “But, you think it’s better if we just be friends.” He looked at her face and she wasn’t looking at him. “Oh…or just co-workers who are civil to each other?”
Cassie sighed. “It’s just that –”
“I know. I know. It’s okay. It’s me…not you. Okay.”
Cassie looked into his deep blue eyes for a moment and thought about the past six months. She was ready to quit her job at the collections agency the day he started training. He was the reason she stayed. He was the reason she started reading books again…and found new music groups that she adored. The day had been wonderful and she, well, she knew. She just knew.
Jared sighed and started to walk away. Broken and defeated.
“Veggies sound good…they sound different.”
“What!” Jared’s mouth dropped open. “What!”
Cassie giggled. “Yeah. I think you’re a great guy. And when — not if — you meet my parents, then I’ll just have to explain how their daughter ended up with a vegetarian zombie.”
“And when you meet my parents I’ll have to explain how their son ended up with a meat-eating zombie. But, I have to warn you though, my dad will ask you to play in his band and my mother will want to teach you how to cook veggies.”
The pair laughed all the way down to Vernon’s Veggie Hut, walking hand in hand.