Lesson 1 – Maddie

All Maddie wanted was a few minutes alone before her best friend, Lacy showed up for their weekly “she date.” Surely, that wasn’t too much to ask.

“I beg your pardon?” She asked, looking at the disheveled stranger sitting across from her.

Just seconds before, a strange man approached her table, sat down, and said, “I saw you sitting alone, and I’m alone, I thought you might want to eat together.”

It’s not often that Maddie is speechless, yet here she is, staring at this guy with her mouth opening and closing like a guppy.

“Do I know you?” She finally asked, all the while trying to remember if she had ever met him before. Maddie has been frequenting this restaurant weekly for over a year for drinks and dinner with Lacy, her best friend. It was the perfect place for them to unwind and catch up. Quiet and casual, The Place, offered an ideal atmosphere for relaxing with its warm lighting and tranquil atmosphere.

“Don’t you remember me?” he asked. “We met in the building we both work in.”

While Maddie wouldn’t say she had an eidetic memory, she was great with remembering faces and names and knew she had never met this man before.

Maddie looked at him, searching her memory and still couldn’t recall ever seeing this man before. Surely she would remember someone like him. He had messy brown hair, a pocked face and empty, dead eyes. Evil eyes.

Noticing Maddie’s look of confusion, he said, “Last week, we rode down the same elevator, and you said hello to me.”

“I’m sorry, I don’t remember meeting you,” Maddie said. “Look, I appreciate the invitation for dinner, but I’ve had a long day, and I’m waiting on a friend, so I’ll have to decline and ask you to leave.”

Just then, Lacy strolled up with a puzzled look on her face. “Sorry I’m late,” she said, glancing at the strange man sitting at their table. “I didn’t realize someone else was joining us.”

“No,” Maddie said, “he was just leaving,” Maddie said, gesturing to the man.

The man looked between the both of them, smiling. Inside he was seething. How dare they dismiss him, like he was a ‘nothing.’ He suddenly stood so fast, the chair he was sitting in overturned. He quickly uprighted the chair and said, “Yes, I was just leaving.” He turned and rushed out the door.

Outside, as he watched the two women with disdain through the window. He could barely hold his excitement. He knew the next time they met, she wouldn’t get rid of him so quickly. And she would be sorry she dissed him so quickly tonight.

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