After a rocky start, Trevor and Georgia go on their first date. Let’s follow along.
The restaurant wasn’t what she expected. It was rustic but very homey. Built on a neighboring pier, the thick paned glass windows looked out over the sound. In the middle of the small dining room was a covered fireplace. Georgia welcomed the warmth. She had never been to the Seaport before and enjoyed her view of the tall ship anchored at a nearby dock. Twinkling lights outlined its mast. Delectable fragrances floated over them from the kitchen.
When the waiter arrived with menus, Georgia was dizzy with expectation. She looked at her menu. There were no prices and it was hard to choose from so many delicious sounding meals.
“What are you having?” She leaned toward Trevor.
“I was going to start with the lobster bisque and move on to the shrimp scampi.”
“That sounds good. I’ll have the same.”
When the waiter returned, Trevor gave him the orders. He waited until the man was out of hearing range.
“Georgia, you know you could have ordered anything.”
“I know.” She gazed out the window. Snow danced over the waves. Then snowflake and wave would touch as in a kiss and the snow would be gone forever, absorbed into the water.
“May I move my seat so I can sit next to you?”
She thought about saying no, but the truth was she was ready for him to be closer. “Okay.” He moved the chair so he was exactly next to her and they could see the same thing out the window. “It’s sad, isn’t it?”
“The snowflake is so exquisite, but its life is so short. The ocean is eternal. It loves the snowflake and when they meet. . .”
“The snowflake dies.” Georgia sighed.
“No, not at all. The snowflake changes into water and becomes immortal.”
Georgia turned to face him. They were so very close, his mouth above her lips, his eyes gazing deeply into hers. She could feel him searching for some answer. Then his lips possessed her mouth so gently, sweetly, as if to caress. Georgia felt herself melting like the snowflake touching the ocean wave. She kissed him back. Every kiss led to another. She felt his arm steady her. Her eyes were closed, as his finger brushed her cheek.
“Don’t you want to eat something, Georgia?”
She opened her eyes. The meal had arrived without her noticing. “Whoa. I guess we should eat.” Between bites, they managed conversation.
“We were talking about your career in fashion.”
“It wasn’t much of a career. I worked for three years thinking I would move up. Then I was laid off in the budget cuts.” She took a sip of white wine and then focused on Trevor. “What does a CEO do?”
He exhaled. “Well, not much when I’m on vacation. Normally, I oversee all the operations, check the books, and make deals. Stenwood Garments is really a distributor. We sell to various chain stores. The only thing we create is a line of school and sports uniforms.”
“How did you get to be CEO?”
“My family owns the business. I graduated with my business degree and my dad asked me if I’d like to be in charge of a company. I said sure.” He paused and took a sip of water. “I was being sarcastic, of course. Then he said, ‘Great. Have mine.'”
Georgia couldn’t stop laughing. “Well, that will teach you not to be sarcastic.”
“Yes, it’s taught me a lot of things.”
At points in the meal, they quizzed each other about favorite things.
“Where’s your favorite place in the city?” he asked.
“Rockefeller Center. I love their ultimate Christmas tree. Yours?”
“The Metropolitan Opera.”
Her eyebrows flew up. “You like opera.”
“No.” He smirked. “I love their chandeliers.”
Another fit of laughter shook her. “You’re being sarcastic again.” When he smirked, she poked him. “I would have never pegged you for an opera lover.”
“There are moments in an opera when you are lifted outside yourself and the world fades away. It’s very soothing, comforting. Have you been there?”
“No, but I would like to.”
“Then it’s on my list to take you.”
“You’re developing a list?”
“What else is on that list?”
“It’s a secret.”
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