Blind Date MD 4

Blind Date

When the blind date arrived at the nursing school dormitory in a bright yellow Smart car, Sally should have run. Her nursing classes had been keeping her busy and she had not been on any dates this semester.  An evening out with a nice dinner would be just the ticket.  Bob emerged from the tiny car like a moth from a chrysalis.  His thick glasses and short stature gave him a bug-like appearance.

“This way, Sally.” He ushering Sally to his car, he opened the door for her and off they went.

They parked in front of the Kung Fu Pagoda Palace an enormous Pagoda-styled structure capable of seating over 200 patrons. The ubiquitous red and gold cat with the waving paw greeted us at the front entrance.  Tacky Bruce Lee posters were posted over all the walls.

“How many for dinner?” asked the hostess.

“Two,” replied Bob, “close to the buffet if you please.”

“Right this way.”

We followed our hostess to a large booth of red faux leather and white Formica table with gold flecks.

“How’s this, sir?”

“Great, thanks.”

“Sally, I hope you like Chinese food,” queried Bob “and have a big appetite because it is an all-you-can-eat buffet.”

“Well … as long as they don’t use MSG or peanuts.” Sally frowned and gripped the table tightly. “Generally, I prefer quality over quantity.”

“Oh, you’ll be OK a little MSG and peanuts never hurt anyone.”

“It would have been good for you to let me know your plans. Allergies are nothing to sneeze at.  I can’t risk an attack.”

“You have hundreds of items to choose from on the buffet,” as Bob pointed to the long buffet table, “surely something will satisfy you?”

The waiter arrived with the paper Chinese zodiac placemats, utensils, water and the jasmine tea. He queried “Will you be dining off the buffet or the menu?”

Before Bob could answer, Sally replied “I’ll take a menu, thank you.”

Bob frowned. “Why do you need a menu, the buffet here is great and very economical?”

“Don’t worry Bob, I will pay for what I order.”

“OK, if you insist.”

Bob made numerous trips to the buffet bring back full plates each time. Sally wondered where he could fit all that food.  Sally had wonton soup, spring roll, rice and beef and broccoli with leftovers to take home.  Dinner conversation was minimal as Bob focussed mainly on the food.  Sally was biding her time wanting the date to be over.  They split the bill and headed out to the Smart car.  Bob opened the door for Sally to get in.  They arrived at the nursing school dormitory and Bob opened Sally’s door again.

As Sally was exiting the car, Bob said “Sally, I had a great time. Would you like to go out again?”

“Well,” Sally was at a loss for words “perhaps, — I’ll call you, OK?”

 

About Bill

I am semi-retired and live on acreage along a river in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have written scientific papers all my life and now am dabbling in fiction and enjoying it. I will try to provide comments on others work and appreciate any on mine
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4 Responses to Blind Date MD 4

  1. rashmi says:

    Your dialogue builds the interaction between Sally and Bob very well. It shows how impervious Bob is to Sally and her needs. Great flow!

  2. jude says:

    I enjoyed the way you have written this scene. The changes in Bob’s character are well brought out with the dialogue as is Sally’s increasing frustration.

  3. Karen Levy says:

    Bill I thought maybe more could have been added to the dialogue. I agree. It’s true that it may be enough that someone is not very considerate to the fact that another person has allergies to want to break off starting a relationship. It may have had to have been spelled out for this person that it wasn’t a food preference but a medical issue. There are dense people in this world. However, I thought more could have been added to the dialogue either about the man’s insensitivities or other things that could cause someone to terminate the relationship rather abruptly. I was nearly at a loss in trying to figure out why the lady didn’t want to consider pursuing the relationship when I was reading over the text.

    • Bill says:

      Karen, Points well taken. I was trying to show how sometimes we are too polite and don’t always say what we mean. Sally could have been more forthright but she was not honest even at the end when no was what she meant.

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