Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
-- Marcus Aurelius
I am not sure if I have let on, but I am sweet on Natalie Ford. Not at first, at first she was just an old friend from library school who needed a job, and I still think she is the perfect choice for children’s librarian. Then she did not get hired and Betty got sick and I guess we both needed a shoulder to cry on. Ironically, if she had been hired as the children’s librarian I could not have pursued the relationship.
Anyway, to make a long story short she asked me out for dinner and when I picked her up and saw the little black dress I knew there was more here than just friendship. Over the last couple of weeks we have watched movies, ate dinner and laughed. It is nice.
For your consideration, a phone call from earlier this evening:
“Hey, can we push back our date for tonight?” I said into the phone.
“Oh, um, is something wrong?” Natalie said.
“You could say that. Ava got some call and had to leave right after the summer reading program ended. Dave covered last night so I got stuck closing up.”
“Some boss you are,” she said, and I could hear the smile.
“Yeah,” I said, “I’m a pushover. So how about nine instead of eight? We could still make the late show.”
“I’d love to, but I have that interview in the morning.”
“Oh, yeah, the phone thing. You nervous?”
“Nah, but I don’t think I would really enjoy driving a bookmobile around New Mexico.”
“That’s God’s work you are talking about. The only state bookmobile service left in the nation. Better talk nice about it,” I said.
She laughed, “Yeah, well, just because I can drive better than you doesn’t mean I want to do it two weeks out of the month.”
“Ha, so raincheck? This weekend?”
“Sounds good. Hey, do your employees normally take off in the middle of a day?”
I sighed, “Not normally. Something about her son. Can’t be helped, I guess.”
“Hmph, well after what you told me how she was acting yesterday you better watch out. She might be taking advantage.”
“If she is, I’ll have to figure out a way to put a stop to it.”
“I could come down there and rip her hair out.”
“I think that may hinder future employment, but I’ll keep it in mind.”
“You do that. I’m the only one that gets to take advantage of you,” Natalie said.
We both paused. I smiled and felt my cheeks redden.
“I mean... um, take advantage of your time,” she said.
“I know what you meant,” I said, “So, Saturday. Me. You. Movies. You in?”
“Unless I find something else for us to do,” she said.
My cheeks reddened some more and we said goodbye.
Ah, is there nothing more splendid than a new infatuation?
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