[Read Act 1 here]
It was barely a five-minute ride to get across town to the Princess. As Dylann pulled into the half full parking lot he found Keezer’s brown Cavalier already there. Keezer was inside sipping a Coke anxiously waiting for his friend to arrive. Dylann entered and the smells of the pizza parlor welcomed him. He made eye contact with Keezer and they both broke out with their boyish grins. Dylann sat at the booth with his pal and rolled his eyes as he slid in next to the window .
“So how was it?” Keezer asked, too excited to hear the verdict of his friend’s last date.
“It sucked so bad. I would have rather kissed my sister.”
“Funny you say that. That’s exactly what Joe said when I told her about it this morning.” Dylann, now excited to tell his friend all about the sour date, could hardly sit still. “See my finger?” Dylann asked raising his right hand to show the giant band-aid around his middle finger.
“The hell happened to you?
“She slammed my finger in the car door. This was after she told me she had no idea who Shakespeare was. Never even heard of Romeo and Juliet.”
“That’s what I said. I think she was about to cry… she stopped talking to me until we got to there. She didn’t say a word to me during dinner.”
“Before the food came she did. I got to hear about her parents divorce, mostly. But, once the food came she started talking to it. I had no clue what she was doing. So right after dinner I took the psycho home. I didn’t even get out of the car to walk her to the door. And as soon as she closed the car door I took off. Don’t think I’ll be hearing from her anytime soon.”
“Damn, that sucks big time. Maybe the next one will be better. Hell, sounds like she beat that one who threw meatballs at you.” They both laughed, remembering that unfortunate date.
“Next one?” Dylann asked quizzically. “I don’t think there’ll be a next one for quite some time. I’m staying single for a while. This whole dating thing is crap anyway.”
“Before you go making any harsh decisions, I got something for you.”
“Oh God. Dare I ask?”
“I want you to go to Spider Falls tomorrow. You know, that spot Trish drags me to all the time so she can write?”
“What are you talking about? Why?”
“Just do it. Trish thinks she’s found this perfect girl for you or something. She’s at lunch with her right now telling her what I’m telling you.”
“Go to Spider Falls at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon. You’re having lunch there.”
Dylann’s heart sank, raced frantically and seemed to stop all at the same time. He’d never been set up before – especially by his best friend’s girlfriend. “Who is she?”
“She’s beautiful. Oh God is she hot.”
“What’s her name?”
“She’s your height. Black hair. Athletic build. She’s hilarious too. Oh, and she loves to be outside like you do nature boy.”
“Ok, great. But I’ll ask it again, slower this time so maybe you’ll understand me. What is her name?”
“Doesn’t matter. Look at it this way; it’s a picnic. Which means it can be as long or as short as you want it to be. If it turns out you like her, go hiking. Trish says she loves that stuff. If you don’t like her, tell her go take a hike and you can split. Whatever.”
Silence ensued next. Dylann’s thoughts were like static. His palms were sweaty. He was just plain nervous. “Come on Dylann, do it for Trish. I told her I would make you go and she said if you didn’t she would kill both of us. Just this once and if it doesn’t turn out right I’ll never let Trish talk me into this again.”
“Man, if this is bogus, I’ll kick your ass. So your only hope is that this works out.”
“Awesome. You can stay at my place tonight since I only live a half-hour from there. Trish is going to be out till tomorrow morning anyway. I have a six-pack that has our name it, literally. Oh, Trish is going to set it all up for you tomorrow. It’s secluded, so you don’t have to worry about intrusion.”
“Yeah, I’ve been there before. I’ve climbed the cliff beside the falls a couple times.”
“Great now lets get some pizza. I’m starvin’.”
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Act 3. Will Dylann’s blind date be as catastrophic as his previous two dates?