Well, this was it. After three weeks of speaking on the phone to John from Cornwall, we were actually going to meet face to face. He had made the journey (350miles) to see me and was now waiting in the hotel restaurant for me to turn up.
After checking myself out in the mirror for the millionth time, I locked my house door and got into my car to make the two minute journey to meet John for the very first time. This was not going to be any ordinary date, indeed it was going to be a three day date!
I was sure that we would get on well but would the chemistry be there, oh, the anticipation was killing me. I parked in the car park and walked into the hotel foyer. I looked across the reception and saw John for the very first time. He was looking very smart in a grey suit and pale blue shirt. Wow I thought this is a first. I had never met anyone who had gone to so much trouble before. But what is it that they say, you only get one chance to make a good impression.
I was so pleased that I too had made the effort and wore a classy black dress with a diamante collar. He started walking over to me and we met in the middle. “Hello” he said leaning in to kiss my cheek. “Hi” I replied, “pleased to meet you finally”.
I felt quite shy, it is one thing to chat on the phone but to be there in person was a whole new feeling. We walked into the restaurant and I was happy to be able to appear to be studying the menu whilst still having a sneaky peak. It would appear he was doing the same and we both laughed, then the ice was broken.
We got on like a house on fire, it was like I had known him forever, we even liked the same food and the time flew and in no time at all the first evening was over and John walked me to my car. I felt quite shy again as he linked his hand into mine. It was a nice feeling and I realized that I, for one, felt an attraction to him.
I aimed my key fob at the door and it clicked open and John leant forward to open my door for me. I smiled and thanked him for the meal which he had insisted on paying for and he said it was his pleasure. We had both agreed that we would spend the next day together and visit some local attractions in my area and to be honest I could not wait.
We looked at each other and I asked him shyly if he was pleased that he had made the 350 mile journey to see me. He smiled and taking my face in his hands he drew me forward and we had our first kiss. “What do you think?” he said. “Hmm” I replied “350 miles is not that far is it”?