I’m trying really hard to concentrate on my job but it’s tough. I couldn’t stop thinking about Marcus Kincaid, my friend, Bobby’s very handsome and charming uncle. He was at the family’s barbecue. I was thrilled to see him. From the moment we met which was about a year ago, I was smitten with him. Bobby told me that women are always throwing themselves at him. He said that his uncle seems quite happy being a bachelor and he didn’t think marriage was in the immediate future.
I wasn’t dating. The last relationship I had ended two years ago after my boyfriend and I had a heated argument over the Once Saved Always Saved teaching. He was emphatic that a person could not lose his or her salvation but I told him that when we accept Jesus, our names are written in the Book of Life but since they can be removed, it is possible for those who once accepted to reject. He insisted that I was wrong and that once a person comes to Jesus they can never lose their salvation. He told me that I was confused about a lot of things in the Bible and that I needed to get my facts straight. He became very livid and ended up storming out of my flat. The next day he called and broke up with me. The fact that it didn’t take me long to get over him made it clear to me that I wasn’t in love with him.
I decided that I would put dating on hold. I had my work and church to keep me busy. I didn’t mind being single. And then, I met Marcus. He was was sitting at one of the tables outside with a couple of people when Bobby took me over to meet him. He was wearing a white tee shirt which hugged his muscular body and a pair of navy blue slacks. He was wearing sunglasses so I couldn’t see his eyes but I knew he was watching me as Bobby introduced me to the other people at the table first. There was a slight smile on his face. When it was turn, he stood up, towering over me and held out his hand. It swallowed mine and it felt nice and warm. “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” he said.
I smiled shyly up at him. “It’s a pleasure to finally meet you. Bobby has told me so much about you.”
“I’ve heard a lot about you too. Wouldn’t you join us?”
“Sure. Thank you.” I sat down in the chair adjacent to his which he resumed.
Bobby didn’t join us. He went off to help his father with the burgers. The people who were at the table excused themselves and went off. Marcus leaned back in his chair and studied me. I was nervous but tried to appear relaxed. “How old are you?” he asked, startling me.
“Really?” he sounded surprised. “I could have sworn that you were Bobby’s age.”
“You’re not the first person to tell me that I look much younger than I am.”
“I’m 50 years old, you know.”
It was my turn to be surprised. “Really?” I exclaimed. “You look like you’re in your late thirties.”
He laughed. “You flatter me,” he remarked. “I guess I owe it all to keeping fit and eating well. Tell me, are you dating anyone?”
Again I was taken aback by his question. “No. Work and church keep me busy.”
“What kind of work do you do?”
“I’m a Graphic Designer.”
“Sounds very interesting. Which area do you work in?”
“I do visual branding for companies, such as logos.”
“Do you enjoy what you do?”
“Yes, very much. What about you? Bobby told me that you’re a professor of Classics at Stanford.”
“Yes, I love teaching and have always been fascinated by Greek and Roman literature, art, history and culture. My course deals with how those two ancient civilizations have globally influenced the societies we live in.”
“I love Greek and Italian food,” I said and he smiled.
“There’s a new Greek restaurant called Evvia Estiatorio. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard that it’s even better than the restaurants in Greece. If you’re not busy next week Saturday, I’d like to take there for dinner.”
After I recovered from my shock, I managed to say, “That would be nice,” rather breathlessly.
We spent the rest of the afternoon together and when I was leaving, Bobby said to me, “I knew that you two would hit it off.” I didn’t tell him that his uncle was taking me out for dinner.
And that’s what’s occupying my thoughts now. Tomorrow’s Saturday and I can’t wait to see Marcus. Now, I just have to figure out what I’m going to wear so that I will wow him.