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The Blind Date

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Blind Date A man and a woman "Que Sera,Sera," he was singing in tune with Doris Day while arranging his favourite navy blue cravat: the pattern of small anchors always put a warm gentle smile on his face as it was the symbol of two the most important things in his life - the family and the sea. Satisfied, he looked into the mirror for the final check, "Ready." That Sunday, like many others, his Jaguar headed North-West but this time the purpose of visiting Scotland was different. The last leg of the journey, the narrow road, took him straight to the doors of the hotel restaurant. He had booked the best table in the room - at the window with the open vista of the large bay. They could see his "Nitebird", a 37 foot yacht lying in the middle of it if... His advertisement at the dating agency read simply and straightforwardly, "A nice man is looking for a nice woman." Internet and agency were, in fact, the last on his list of options in search of a woman who could become his partner and friend. ...read more.


"Probably, he is a dreamer, a bit like me at the moment," he thought. He started his Chablis, the wine he enjoyed most of all, and for that reason only had it for special occasions. "Today IS special," he declared. He experienced mixed feelings of light fear and readiness for a great surprise at the same time: he knew something very important was going to happen. She was only ten minutes late but in Tom's imagination those minutes stretched into an hour. Without even seeing her, he felt with his back how the energy itself swung into the room and in a royal grand manner moved in the direction of his table. His heart was beating loud, and the music - "The Lady in Red" - was filling the room. Considering himself a confident person, at that moment he felt completely disarmed. He managed to jump off his chair and awkwardly moved out her chair inviting the woman to sit down. Physical action produced positive effect on his bewildered body and mind: he regained his footings back. ...read more.


Tom did not mind. He began the story of a successful lawyer from the last years of his career - the case in Hong Kong which he had won, then briefly about his marriage which was good and would give him peace of mind especially when he had to travel abroad. Joyce was a patient listener with a "Mona Lisa" smile. There was nothing funny, but he felt so relaxed and content that her smile crossed the invisible bridge and touched his thin lips just at the moment when he was about to describe his passion, sailing. He topped up the glasses. "Chom, chom," she raised her glass. Understanding of what he had heard reached Tom's mind a few seconds later. He felt that he was stepping into the universe - so huge was the discovery. There are moments in life when you are face to face with the wind in an open sea, or you are at the peak of a high mountain, or you are listening to Concerto de Aranjues by Rodrigo - each of these moments can lead a man to major insights in life. "Chom, chom, Joy," he raised his glass. This was his Joy, his first girl, his first lover, his unforgotten passion. ...read more.

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