I was on my way home from a very long shift at the hospital. It had been one of “those” shifts, you know those shifts. Someone has taken advantage of the free wifi and have diagnosed themselves with malaria or cholera. They need to see the doctor right away, He must know what they’ve found.
The patient at the end of the hall threw her medicine at me and the patient next door puked on my shoes.
Finally my shift is over and all I can think about is going home for a hot shower and climbing under the blanket with my book.
I clocked out and drove my car out of the parking lot and headed home.
My stomach growled reminding me that my cabinets were bare. A fast food restaurant was up ahead so I slowed and turned on my turn signal.
I was about to turn into the parking lot, when there was the sound of crunching metal and my body was violently thrown forward and jerked back to the seat. Someone had rear-ended me.
I completed my turn and parked in the parking lot so I didn’t block traffic. A large truck with a damaged front end pulled in next to me.
I got out of my car and went to inspect the damage and was met by a tall muscular man.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t see a turn signal or any brake lights, you should probably have them checked” he said as he started ogling me. I could feel his sleazy stare travel the length of my body.
“Let me call the police so we can get an accident report.” I said and turned to get my cell phone from the front seat of the car. That’s when I heard a low whistle followed by a mm mm mm.
Oh, please let the police respond quickly.
I sat in the front seat of my car while I called the non emergency number. The dispatcher said since there were no injuries it would be 15 to 20 minutes before an officer could respond.
Great 15 minutes with the oaf.
I stepped out of my car and he was right there, so close I could smell the mint he had obviously just popped into his mouth.
“My name’s Steve.” He said as he put one hand on the open car door and the other on the hood of the car, trapping me between him and the car. “Why don’t we just trade insurance info and just go inside to eat. We can consider it a first date.”
My stomach revolted at that thought.
You’ll never believe what happened next.
Before I could answer I heard a familiar male voice say, “Andrea! Are you OK? I came as soon as I got your text message” Before I could get a good look at the face that belonged with the voice, he shoved pass the oaf and enveloped me in a gentle hug. I could smell the outdoorsy cologne. It was one I had smelled in the hospital but I couldn’t remember who had worn it.
While in the hug he whispered, “Just play along.”
He pulled back and cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eye, “Sweetheart, are you hurt? Do we need to call an ambulance?”
I was staring into the bluest eyes I had ever seen. The eyes of the new phlebotomist at the hospital. That’s why his voice was so familiar and the cologne. I had been in a couple of the patient’s rooms when he came to draw blood.
“No, Jason, I’m fine” I couldn’t stop looking in his eyes. It was like I was lost in them.
“That’s good.” He gently tipped my head down and gave my forehead a quick kiss. “Can’t have anything happening to my girl”
He turned and looked at oaf, who had backed away and was now staring daggers at Jason.
“I suppose you have insurance information for when the police arrive. We are going to go inside and grab a bite to eat while we wait on them.” He slid his hand into mine and led me into the restaurant.
He opened the door for me and let me lead the way.
“I’m sorry if I was out of line but I was in here eating when I saw you pull into the parking lot and could tell the big guy was giving you some trouble.” He let go of my hand.
“Would you like to join me?” He asked.
“Yes, I’d love to. And thank you for that.” I said as I nodded toward the parking lot. “I didn’t know how I was going to get out of it.”
I ordered my food and took it to the booth Jason had occupied. His food still lay there, getting cold.
“Why don’t you let me buy you some fresh food for coming to my rescue?” I asked.
“No, thanks. It was no problem, I am always available to rescue a beautiful woman. Plus I like my food a little cold.” He smiled and my stomach fluttered. He had a beautiful smile. I could feel the heat rising in my neck.
We made small talk while we finished eating. He looked past me and out the window into the parking lot.
“It looks like the police have finally arrived. Shall we go out and make this report?” He stood and gathered the trash.
“Can I tell you something?” He asked as I stood. I nodded my head.
“I hadn’t imagined our first date being like this.” He smiled again. “I was going to ask you out but couldn’t muster enough courage” He blushed at the confession.
“So, what do you say? Will you have dinner with me again and make it an official first date?”
‘I’d love to.” I said and grabbed his hand. “What do you say we go make oaf jealous?”