Even though she knew it was hopeless, she had decided that tonight she wasn't going to stay at home! She was going to go out and have a nice dinner and have a few drinks at the bar. Her mother had been on her case for months to get out in the world and at least put herself in position to meet someone. She always said, "You'll never find him in your kitchen!!!" So tonight was the night to go out on the town. Looking in the mirror before she left, Lois shook her head one last time, and headed out the door. She had read about a new Italian restaurant that had just opened and decided to give it a try. When she entered the front door she could see that a lot of people were waiting in line to get a table, so she gave her name to the hostess, and went into the bar to kill the half hour wait for her table. Taking the end stool, she ordered a screw driver and watched the college football game on the TV in back of the bar. Sipping her drink and casually watching the screen, she barely noticed when a man tapped her on the arm and asked her if anyone was using the empty seat next to her. Shaking her head no, she said, "Go ahead and sit down, no one's using it." Looking back at the game, she didn't pay much attention when the man sat down and ordered his drink. It was only when he asked her, "Who's winning," that she paid him any notice. "Uh, UCLA I think," she answered, turning her head to look at him, "I'm really not paying much attention, I'm just waiting for my table in the restaurant side and it's going to be a good half hour yet." "Say," he offered, "if you're eating alone, why not join me, no use taking up two tables on such a busy night!" Giving him a quick once over, Lois decided, why not, and said, "Sure, that would be nice!" For the next half hour the two of them talked about their jobs and all the other small talk new acquaintances exchange. Dinner seemed to fly by, and Lois was sorry that her evening with Cory, that was his name, was coming to an end. Cory picked up the check and said,"My treat!" Walking out into the cool night air, Lois expected Cory take his leave, but that didn't happen, in stead, he said, "Let's walk for a while and let that dinner settle a little bit, okay?" Offering Lois his arm, she took it and replied, "A walk sounds good!" Strolling arm in arm, looking into the store windows, the two of them were just enjoying each other's company. Lois didn't want to scare Cory off, she really liked him, but she decided it was time to take a chance. She then asked him, "How about coming up to my place for a nightcap?" Lois was holding her breath, waiting for what seemed like hours until he answered, "I could use a glass of wine it you've got some!" Twenty minutes later they were riding up the elevator to Lois' apartment.
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