I looked up at him and smiled, and he decided to join me at my table. "Hello there, I'm Skyler. What might the pretty ladies name be?"
I pretended to be shocked, "You mean me?"
He laughed, "Of course I mean you. I did sit down at your table didn't I?"
"I guess you did. In that case, I'm Tal."
"That's a cool name. I like that it's unique. Is it short for something?"
"Even better," his eyes sparkled when he smiled. "What do we find ourselves reading today, Tal?"
I took a sip of my coffee, "I don't know about you, but I'm reading Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton."
I watched him laugh silently, "What's it about? Any good?"
"Yeah, I love it. It's the seventh book in a series. It's about this woman, Anita Blake, who raises the dead for a living as well as kill vampires. Well, when she's not dating them. They're really good. This is the second time I've read this one."
"Sounds cool, I love vampires. If they were real I'd want to be one," he told me.
I looked him straight in the eye and told him (as if dead serious.) "Who says their not?"
He didn't know what to say at first, and he was kind of freaked out, but he figured out that I was only joking pretty quick. "You have a strange sense of humor. It's refreshing most girls have a dumb sense of humor. For a moment I wasn't sure if you were being serious or not."
"I'm as serious as a heart attack," he looked seriously puzzled. "That was a little lame wasn't it?"
"No, it wasn't a little lame. It was very lame."
"Yeah it was. I can't believe I said that, I'm so embarrassed. I always say the stupidest shit when I'm nervous."
"Why would you be nervous?" Skyler asked.
"I always get nervous when talking to a cute guy."
He have me a lopsided grin, "You shouldn't be nervous, I'm a nice guy. Can I ask you something?"
"How old are you?"
"15," now he'd run away, "But I'll be 16 in like two months."
"Really, your only 15? I would have said 17 for sure."
"I find that hard to believe. What about you?"
"You shouldn't, you seem very mature. That's why I would have said older. I'll be 18 in 3 1/2 months."
"That's cool. So where do you go to school? I haven't' seen you around."
"Actually, I graduated last year and I go to the university."
"That definitely earns you points."
"Awesome, I'll have to start thinking of what I want to cash them in for." I couldn't help but laugh at him. "What do you have planned for tonight?"
"Nothing really, I'll probably go see my brother's band play."
"That sounds like fun. Is it like a teenage band then?"
"No, my brother is 35. The youngest member in the band is their new drummer and he's 22."
"Your brother's 20 years older then you are, that's crazy." He changed the subject super fast, "If your not doing anything tonight you should let me take you to dinner?"
"I just met you 10 minutes go and you're already asking me out on a date?"
"So, what do you say?"
"You know what, yes. I will let you take me out to dinner."
"Perfect, how about you meet me back here at 5 and I'll drive?"
"Sounds like a plan."
"Alright, Tal, I'll see you in a few hours," he pushed back form the table and headed out the door.
Shoving my book in my purse (let me assure you I wasn't stealing it, I had already owned the book when I went to the store) I threw my empty coffee cup away, and headed to the store. I had to tell Patch about my date.
Patch wasn't there when I got there. Jonah was sitting behind the counter, "He should be back in 10-15 minutes, sweetheart."
"How many times do I have to tell you not to call me things like that, before you get it through your thick skull?"
His laugh was sinfully sweet, "At least one more time. What are you so hot to tell Patch about anyway?"
"Not that it's any of you business, but I have a date tonight," I told him.
"The lucky bastard. Don't let him take advantage of you," Jonah insisted.
"He won't, because unlike you he's a nice guy. He's polite, smart, and a gentleman, also unlike you."
"I guess I deserved that," I turned to walk away but his voice had me turning back around. "If he tries to take advantage of you tell me and I'll kick his ass."
I stared at him in complete silence for a minute or two, "I didn't realize you gave a shit."
"No it's just if anyone gets to take advantage of you it's going to be me. Certainly not some random guy you just met."
"You are such a dick. You know you were some random guy I just met when you tried to get me drunk and take advantage of me?"
"I know, but that was me not him."
I shook my head, "I've had enough of you for one day. When Patch gets here tell him I'm upstairs."
"Sure thing beautiful," he called after me.
When I finally told Patch about my date he wasn't completely thrilled. He was happy for me, but he was worried about the fact that I had just met him. I told him not to worry and headed home to find something to wear.
I ended up choosing these cute jeans with read seams up the legs. They were tight, but not you look fat tight. With a read sleeveless shirt that my brother's band had made.
Skyler ended up taking me to this expensive restaurant downtown. I can't tell you the name, because it might give something away. After dinner was when things got out of control. He asked if I would like to go for a walk in the park. I said yes. It was already dark so we practically saw nobody else. After a bit of walking Skyler took a seat on a park bench. "Why don't we sit a moment and enjoy the night."
He put his arm around my shoulder, and before I realized it he was leaning in to kiss me. I let him. I wouldn't usually let someone kiss me on the first date, but for some reason I wanted him to. As we continued to kiss his hands started to touch me, but I pushed them away. He moved his hands, for a moment. When ever they got too low or too high I would push them away, but they seemed to keep coming back.
When I finally realized that he wasn't the nice guy I thought he was I told him to stop. I was glad when he did, I guess I was a little scared he wouldn't. He didn't try to force me to do anything, but he was so angry that he left. I ended up having to walk home. I wasn't going to call my parents, or Patch, to come and get me I was too humiliated.
In the end I told everyone that I had a fun time, but I probably wouldn't see him again. I couldn't even bring myself to tell Patch the truth of the night.
I headed down to the store today, because at home I was bored out of my mind. (I'm actually at the store now writing this on Patch's computer.) When I got there of course Jonah was behind the counter reading a magazine. He looked up when he heard the bell, "Hey sweet thing, how was your date."
"It was fine. I'm going upstairs."
He tossed the magazine down on the counter. "You are a horrible liar. I see right through you. It wasn't fine, he did something didn't he?"
"No, nothing happened. I said no he stopped, that's it. I told everyone that I had a good time and I don't plan on seeing him again, and you better remember that."
"I won't tell on you. If the guy ever comes in here though I'll kick his ass."
I laughed, "You don't even know what he looks like."
"Well then you'll just have to tell me, darlin."
"Oh, shut-up," I half laughed as I walked away.
Now I'm going to leave you with a song. I love Sublime they're one of the best bands ever. This song reminds me of Skyler, or almost any guy for that matter. They only seem to have one thing on their minds. So, I leave you with Sublime's 'Caress Me Down'.