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Juice Bar


First dates are always excitedly awkward, In my opinion. I have been dating this guy for about two months now, we met a month ago while I was on a business trip in California. There was this juice bar next to my hotel that I would visit every day after my workout and we just so happened to order the same drink one day. Every day for a week we would make little jokes or have small talk, nothing more. Honestly, I looked forward to our unofficial meet up for drinks every morning.

After two weeks of us clearly flirting with one another, the day came when we finally got the opportunity to really talk. We both showed up at the juice bar at the same time as we did every day, we had both ordered our drinks and waited around until they were completed. When the drinks were done, we both walked to the counter to pay and he had forgotten his wallet in his car. I quickly told the girl at the counter to put his drink on my tab. He expressed that I didn’t have to do that but I ignored him and paid for the drinks. I handed his to him and said “now you owe me one”. He smiled and said “the next one is on me”.

We walked outside together but he was heading in one direction and I was heading in the other. I said “Well I hope you have a great day”, he responded “same to you”. We both smiled at one another and slowly walked in our opposite directions. Within a matter of moments, he was walking by my side out of breath with a huge smile on his face he said, “I don’t think we have officially introduced ourselves to one another” I stopped walking and faced him nervously laughing and asked, “what you don’t feel comfortable with an attractive stranger buying you a drink?” He laughed and said “No, I just would like to know the attractive strangers name before I ask her out on a date.” I smiled, took a sip of my drink, put out my hand and said, “It’s Serena”. He gently grabbed my hand and said, “I’m Glenn”. We shook hands for a few moments and right when we were about to separate, he said “so, Serena, now that I have the name of the attractive stranger, I would like to invite you out for dinner this Saturday if you’re available”.

Out of excitement I instantly accepted his invitation. We exchanged numbers and said our see you later. I basically skipped back to my hotel. We spent that week leading up to the date getting to know one another. During our morning juice pick up Glenn would walk me back to my hotel so we could talk. We would even text throughout the day. He was so funny and very sweet, something I didn’t think I was looking for in a guy. We were 24 hours away from our date. I had purchased this cute dress and scheduled an appointment for my hair and nails. That Friday when I arrived in the office, my boss informed me that she needed me to attend this company event that was happening on Saturday, the same time as my date with Glenn. Completely disappointed, I waited until I got back to my hotel to call Glenn and tell him the bad news.

As soon as I stepped through my hotel door, Glenn called me. I let the phone ring a couple of times before I answered. I picked up the phone trying to sound as pleasant as possible. He quickly sensed that something was wrong through my over pleasant hello. He asked me if everything was ok. I took a deep breath and said “I won’t be able to make our date this Saturday I have to attend a work event”. He laughed a little and said “you’re a little dramatic, aren’t you?”. I smiled and said “I don’t think I’m dramatic, but others might. Are you trying to say I’m dramatic?”. He sarcastically responded “you? dramatic? No, I don’t get that at all from you. After he said that we both bursted out into laughter. That night we stayed on the phone talking for hours. Glenn was totally a breath of fresh air from guys I had dated in the past. He was kind of my total package, a man with a purpose. Saturday came,I went to the salon and nail shop as planned. I then went back to the hotel and got dressed for the event. It seemed like one of the longest nights of my life. I didn’t get back to my hotel until 2am. I texted Glenn and let him know I had made it in safely and went to bed.

Sunday morning, I was woken up by a knock on the door. I got up from the bed and went to ask who it was. The person responded, “concierge you have a delivery”. I quickly opened the door, and a gentleman was standing there with a big box of pink roses and a envelope. I instructed him on where to place the flowers and handed him a tip. When he exited the room, I rushed over to open the envelope. I could smell Glenn’s cologne on it. I pulled out the note and it said “good morning attractive stranger, since we didn’t get to have our dinner date last night, I figured we could have a brunch date. I will be by to pick you up at 11:30am I’ll text you when I’m out front. See you soon”. I looked at the clock and it was 9:30am.

I rushed to take a shower so I could spend more time on my hair, make up and finding something to wear. When I got out the shower, I ran to my closet. Finding something to wear for a first date can be stressful because I didn’t want to be over dressed but I also didn’t want to be under dressed. The outfit had to be comfortable for me to move in incase we decided to do a fun activity after the date. I tried on ten different looks before deciding to wear these cute comfortable light denim shorts, a white silk long sleeved v neck blouse, black mule sandals and a black handbag. I styled my hair in the crown braid hairstyle with some hairs hanging lose by each side of my ear. For makeup I went with a very nude face and pop lip. When I finished my makeup, it was 11:20am.

I quickly and carefully put on my clothes. being extra careful not to get any makeup on my blouse because that would have ruined the whole look. When I got everything on it was 11:30 am on the dot and Glenn text came through 1 minute after the time changed. I replied by hearting the message. Before I left the room, I took one last look in the mirror. I took a deep breath and exited the room. When I got downstairs to the front of the hotel Glenn was standing on the passenger side of the car waiting for me.

When he saw me, a huge smile came on his face. He looked so handsome. I walked up to him, and he said “you look amazing”. I said “ you don’t look too bad yourself”. We hugged and then opened the door so I could get into the car. When he got into the car, he leaned over and softly said “I have something for you”. He reached down to the cup holder and handed me my green juice. I laughed and said “you’re just covering all your bases today huh? First flowers then my favorite drink? I’m excited to see what else you have up your sleeve”. He said “Well buckle up because today is going to be an exciting ride”. I laughed and asked “have you been waiting all day to say that?”. He smiled said “of course”. That day was nothing short of amazing. He had planned a wonderful brunch picnic by the beach where we sat and talked. Then we went on to play miniature golf which was a ton of fun. My first date with Glenn was perfect. it wasn’t about where we went, what we did, or how much it costed. I just enjoyed being around him. Since our first date I have returned back home to New York. We still talk and text every day and understand the effects that long distance can have on a relationship. So, for now we have decided to just continue to get to know one another and see where life goes.


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