I said yes to a date that amounted to me trying to make small talk when I didn’t want to. I decided I was better off at home with a good book or a movie. It was one of those nights when Ryan stopped by unexpectedly. I was alone curled up on the couch with a glass of wine reading a People magazine when the doorbell rang. When I opened the door I was surprised to see him.I stared at him feeling the anger growing me. Who was he to show up without even calling after weeks of silence?
“Hey,” he said.
I stood with the door partially open. He looked past me.
“I’m alone,” I said.
“Can I come in then?” he asked holding out a pack of Good and Plenty candy.
I opened the door, not taking the box from him, and walked back to my spot on the couch. I watched him shut the door and then stand uncomfortably in my entry. It was like he didn’t know how to start. I let the silence linger not helping him.--available through Amazon