She was in the children’s section, looking at the different books of Nursery Rhymes when she heard someone call her name. She looked around and her heart leapt when she saw Tyler. She hadn’t seen him since last week Saturday. He walked around the people milling about there and came and stood beside her. “Hello Stacey,” he said, his eyes dancing over her face as if he were trying to capture every feature. “I was hoping that I would see you again.”
“I’m here to buy a book for my niece. She’s going to be three tomorrow.”
“I’ve been thinking about you all week,” he told her. “I wished I had your number so that I could call you. Have dinner with me tonight.”
“But what about Amy?” she exclaimed. “She’s enamored with you.”
“And I’m enamored with you. I have been since last week Saturday when Darnell and I had dinner with Amy and you at Benares. I’ll never forget the first time I saw you. When you walked over to the table, you took my breath away. I could hardly take my eyes off you. I wished that it were just the two of us having dinner but if it hadn’t been for Darnell, I wouldn’t have met you.
“Amy’s my friend.”
“And Darnell’s my friend but I can’t help the way I feel about you. Have dinner with me tonight.”
She hesitated. Amy would never forgive her. Just yesterday when they spoke, her friend was wondering why she hadn’t heard from Tyler as yet. As far as Darnell was concerned, Stacey had made it clear to him, in a tactful way, of course, that she wasn’t interested in him. After a few attempts to get her to change her mind, he gave up. So, the only person left to consider was her friend. “Amy will be very upset,” she told Tyler.
“I’m sorry about your friend but I never gave her any reason to believe that I would go out with her. It’s you I want to be with.”
Stacey couldn’t deny that she wanted to be with him too. He had been on her mind all week and it was such a blessing to see him now. “All right, I will have dinner with you tonight,” she said.
He looked relieved. “I will pick you up at six-thirty.”
She opened her handbag and took out the address book. She wrote her address on a blank page, tore it out and gave it to him. “See you later,” she said.
His eyes twinkled. “See you later.” And he was gone. She turned to the shelf beside her and after examining a few more books, she chose the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme book. She grabbed a salad from a deli and headed back to the office.
He picked her up promptly at six-thirty. He looked amazing in the black jacket, black shirt, black jeans and dressy shoes. His sleek, auburn hair was combed back, giving him a polished look. For her part, she was wearing a black dress, with three quarter sleeves and a keyhole neckline. Her hair was swept back, with several curls framing her face. “You look absolutely beautiful,” he told her.
“And you look so handsome.”
He took her to a romantic restaurant with a breathtaking view of the city of London. Over dinner he told her about the time in high school when he had to memorize a monologue from Hamlet for his drama class and on the day when he was supposed to do the presentation, he came down with the flu.
She teased him. “Do you still remember it?”
He smiled. “I do and I promise I will recite it to you when I am taking you home.”
Dinner was wonderful. She had a terrific time. He was so easy to talk to. They laughed and talked about all sorts of things. She was sorry when it was time to leave. On the way home, he recited the monologue as promised and remembered it word for word. She clapped when he was done. “Have you ever thought of becoming an actor?” she asked.
“Heavens, no! I like sitting behind a desk and designing buildings much better.” That was how she learned that he was an architect.
Twenty minutes later, they stood outside of her flat. “Would you like to come in for a cup of tea?” she asked.
“I’d better not. I have an early day tomorrow. When can I see you again?”
“Tomorrow afternoon. I will make dinner and we can eat while we watch a movie.”
“That sounds really good.” He smiled.
Unable to resist, Stacey reached up and brushed the hair back from his forehead. He caught her hand and brought it to his lips. He kissed the palm, his eyes darkening on her face. She felt a bolt of electricity course through her.
He raised his head. “I’d better go now,” he murmured as he released her hand which was tingling.
“Good night, Tyler” she said breathlessly.
“Good night, Stacey.” He turned reluctantly and walked toward the elevators.
She watched him as he waited for the elevator to arrive. When it did, he turned and waved before he stepped inside. She opened her door and went inside. She couldn’t wait for tomorrow to come. For now, she had the memories of tonight to occupy her.