“I’ve never been much of a dreamer.”
No, I can’t say that. I straightened my tie in the mirror. She’ll assume I’m talking about my hopes for the future.
I couldn’t afford to fuck up this date. At most, I was in a position to have the relationship to end all relationships. At the least, I’d save her life. The tricky part would be not coming across as a nutcase. Something I wasn’t totally convinced of myself.
~~* * *~~
“Jacob?” She approached me with an outstretched hand, and I plastered a surprised look onto my face. The dating site I’d so-called found her through was this newfangled deal where the guy’s photo was visible to the lady, but the woman’s face remained a mystery. They meant to ensure true love or some such crap. That I’d actually managed to choose her provided enough proof that she was the woman of my dreams.
We were fated to meet.
“You must be Susan,” I said as I shook her hand. She took the lead toward the Japanese restaurant’s door, confident in her ultra-high heels and black raincoat. Susan looked every bit the reporter—light on the makeup under black-framed glasses. I’d have taken bets she had a notepad and pen in her purse, even if I didn’t already know what she did for a living.
“I feel like I have an advantage over you.” She settled into her side of the booth. “The website told me everything about you, but it said they told you next to nothing about me.”
The urge to guess was great, but she’d think I’d been stalking her somehow.
“They gave me a few of your interests. I know you like to write.”
“But I bet they didn’t tell you I’m an investigative journalist.”
I raised my eyebrows, hoping for the second time she wouldn’t see through me. “Really? That must be exciting.”
She shrugged, indifferent. “It has its moments. And you? What does Jacob do for a living?”
“I’m a…I used to be an elementary school teacher.”
“Yeah. I got kicked out of school for missing too many days.”
Because I slept in.
Because I had to find out what was going to happen to you.
Linda G. Hill is a stay-at-home mom of three boys and the guardian of one beagle and two kitties. She concocts tales in her head 24/7 and blogs almost daily at lindaghill.com. Author of the award-winning book, The Magician’s Curse, Linda’s newest release, The Magician’s Blood,is the second in her Gothic paranormal romance series. Also available on Amazon and Kobo is her romantic comedy novelette, All Good Stories. She lives in Southern Ontario, Canada.