A Date at The Riverwalk (Grocer and Writer)

My girlfriend and I have been together a week and a day. Religiously we text each other. Today I want to take her out on a date. If she agrees it will be the first time we physically see each other since we met.

First I get dressed, then eat my simple breakfast of buttered toast and orange juice. I won’t eat much, just in case my girlfriend agrees to go out today and we can eat at a restaurant.

Now, it’s time to call her.

I hear it ring, but then she picks up, “Hey you!” She says.

“Hey. How would you like to go shopping and eat out with me on the river?”

“That would be wonderful. I’d love to.”

“How soon can you get ready?”

“Well, I’m in my night clothes right now, but give me about forty-five minutes.”

“Awesome. I need to get ready as well.”

“I can’t wait to see you.”

“I’m going to throw my arms around you.”

“And what else?”

“Well, I’d kiss you, too, that is if only you wanted me to. I feel such a reverence for you and don’t want to overstep my bounds.”

“Of course I’d want you to kiss me. In fact, you better kiss me!”

“Then yes, I will kiss you with immense passions.”

“No one else wanted to kiss me.”

“What fools they were. They have no idea what a wonderful and beautiful person they rejected.”

Suddenly the phone signal cuts out.

“Baby, did you say something?” I ask her.

“I told you before and I’ll tell you again, I love you!”

My God. She just told me she loved me. I am in shock and awe, but I also feel the same way. I’ve felt this way about her almost since we’ve met.”

She then asks, “Do you love me as well?”

Assuredly, I answer her, “Yes. I definitely do. It’s just I’ve been too afraid of scaring you off by telling you.”

“You don’t scare me at all. I trust you! Now let me get ready so we can go out together.”

“Okay. I’ll get ready too. You know what, baby?”


“I love you!”

“I love you too!”

We both then hang up and I finish getting ready.

Not long after I get a text.

It reads, “I know you need to conserve your minutes, so I’ll text you when I want you to pick me up.”

I sit in my living room, watch my television and wait. I adjust the rabbit ears and scan the channels, but there are mostly talk shows and soap operas on right now.

I decide to watch a soap opera as they had been inspirational to my writing in the past.

Now the television has my undivided attention.

Finally, just as the episode concludes, my phone alerts me of a new text message, “I’m ready now, so please come get me. I love you so much!”

I reply, “I’m coming right now and I love you too!”

I place my phone in my pocket, then walk out the front door, locking it. The weather is bleak and dreary, as I walk down my steps, across my front yard, and to the curb. I shut my hurricane fence, then get in my car. Thankfully it starts right up. I leave my neighborhood and get on the Interstate. I drive until I come upon the exit for her subdivision and take it. As I approach her house, where she is standing in the driveway eagerly waiting for me.

I see her beautiful face and step out of my car. We embrace, then stare into each others’ eyes. Passionately we kiss. She moans with pleasure and excitement. I pet her hair and she rubs my buttocks.

We smile lovingly at each other, then she says, “Let’s get out of here before my mom wakes up and confronts us.”

“Good idea baby.”

So we walk to my car, then I open the passenger door for her, to which she steps in and kisses me.

I then sit down in the driver’s seat and we leave the suburbs.

As we are driving, I tell my girlfriend, “I have to go to my job and pick up my check first, then cash it.”

“That’s fine. Just as long as we can be together.”

She then leans against me as we head downtown.

I park my car in the parking garage of The Downtown Grocer, then step out. I open the passenger door for my girlfriend and we walk into the store hand in hand. She holds herself close to me with her head close to my shoulder and her hand in my back pocket.

Suddenly, my boss, the assistant store director confronts us and angrily yells, “If you want to continue working here, you will stop the lewd behavior this instant. It disgusts me and the customers.”

Knowing I need my job, I humbly reply, “Yes sir,” Then we let go.

I walk to the service counter then pick up my check. An indifferent cashier reminds me of a five dollar cashing fee.

I consent to cash it anyway because I need my money.

After I am handed my cash, my girlfriend whispers, “It’s horrible how they treat you here.”

“I know, but where else could I work?”

We then walk back to the parking garage and I unlock my car, then open the passenger door for my girlfriend. She steps in, then I sit in the driver’s seat and we leave.

“Let’s try and forget about this miserable place and focus on each other. I know I want to.”

“Good idea.” My girlfriend says, then rests her head on my shoulder.

We drive through the city streets then finally make it to the river.

We walk into the shopping area and I say, “I dare anyone to tell me not to hold you out here!”

She kisses me and we walk together

We come upon a coffee shop.

“Are you hungry?” I ask her.

“Yes, I’m starving. My mom went on an eating binge yesterday and ate all the food in the house.”

“Well let me feed you then.”

She kisses me sweetly then we enter the shop.

I order us each a cup of hot cafe’ au lait and a big plate of beignets, then pay the cashier.

She scarfs down her food, but I think she is so cute.

After we are finished with breakfast we continue to walk, holding hands.

Though the weather is still bleak, I tell her, “There is something about this city at this time of year that inspires me to write.”

“You write beautiful stories, I’ve never read anything like them.”

I then tell her, “You know, you are like someone straight from one of my stories. It is as if you came into existence just from what I dreamed and penned. Hopefully, you will always be mine and give me even more inspiration.”

She strongly grabs me, steals a kiss, then says, “Not just hopefully, but most surely I’ll always be yours. You are so perfect for me!”

I kiss her with such a loving passion in front of everyone on the walkway.

The people smile at us, for the most part at least.

We walk together for a few hours until we are hungry again.

There is a fish and chips shop right in front of where we are standing and I ask her, “Would you like to eat here?”

“I would love to, but I’m already so fat and I’m just going to get fatter.”

“It wouldn’t matter to me, I would love you no matter how big became. Yes, I am madly attracted to your body, don’t get me wrong, but I’m also deeply in love with your soul! Besides, with your mom eating all the food in the house you need some nourishment, so let’s get you a hearty meal.”

She tightly embraces me and shouts, “Oh, I love you so much!”

“And I love you just as much!”

We walk in and I order us a large platter of deep fried cod fillets and deep fried potatoes along with coleslaw, hushpuppies, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. Then I order us each a large cup of Pepsi.

After I pay the cashier, we are served and we sit down to eat.

We happily eat. I’m glad I can give her a decent meal.

Soon the platter is empty and we continue on our walk.

There is a cruise ship passing on the river and sounding its horn. She pulls out her smartphone then takes a selfie of us with the ship in the background.

“Baby, please Bluetooth this to my phone so I can have it as the background.”

“Sure. And I’ll make it my background as well.”

She then transfers a copy of the picture to my phone.

We continue walking until we come upon a gift shop.

I buy her a Casio Baby G watch.

I then place the watch on her wrist and say “I wish I could buy you something more elegant than a Casio Baby G, but this is all I can afford.”

She smiles then says, “I know you want to get nice things for me, but you don’t have to. Just give me your time and your affections.”

“Baby, I will give you all the time I can, but I just want you to have things to have and think of me.” I pause then show her my watch and say, “I wear a Casio G-Shock too. It’s so I can keep track of time while I work.”

We continue to walk up and down the walkway.

“At least we’re burning all those calories from breakfast and lunch,” My girlfriend says.

I nod but then reply, “Yes, it’s a good idea to exercise, but I love you just the way you are. I longingly imagine how wonderful it would feel to hold you at night.”

We both blush, afterward then share another kiss.

The sun begins to set on the river. A flock of birds takes off in flight. The street musicians are playing their harmonies and melodies. My girlfriend and I get lost into each others’ eyes as we caress one another.

The moon is now up in the sky.

My girlfriend says, “I have to get back home before my parents realize I’m gone, but I am going to miss you so much.”

“I’ll miss you too, but we can do something again on my next day off.”

“When will that be?”

“This Sunday.”

We kiss once more, then leave the river. After we get to my car, I open the passenger door for her then I get in on my side. We head to the suburbs where I drop her off then watch her go inside.

Afterwards, I go to my house and sleep, dreaming many dreams about her.

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