Things were still tense in the house, so I decided our first dates would be about having fun. I wanted to see if the ladies could let their hair down and just be themselves.
My first date was with six of the ladies: Jessica, Natasha, Nina, Tara, Cassandra, and Chloe. I took them bowling.
I picked up a ball right away, curious to see which ladies would follow suit.
Tara jumped in and bowled a strike and gave an adorable cheer. I wasn't surprised that Tara was the first one to loosen up and have fun. She seemed to have a knack for enjoying whatever situation she was in.
Jessica stared down the lane with determination. She was taking the bowling as serious as the Bachelor competition. That concerned me. I wanted Jessica to be here for me, not just to prove that she could beat all of the other girls.
Poor Nina struggled with her first ball.
I went over to her lane and gave her some pointers.
She was a great student.
After our first game, we took a break for lunch. Cassandra, Chloe, and Tara joined me at a table,
which left Jessica, Natasha, and Nina at their own table.
"Ladies, thank you for coming on this journey with me. I know this is not a conventional way of finding that special someone, and I'm sorry you have to endure the group date experience, but I'm looking forward to having a good time and getting to know each of you better. I'm an open book, so feel free to ask me anything."
"Are you crazy, woman?" Cassandra hissed from across the table. "We managed to get some time with Garrett away from those floozies, Jessica and Nina, and you're asking him about art?"
I laughed, "So what do you want to ask me, Cassandra?"
"Who's your ideal woman?"
Chloe snorted, "You're giving Tara grief, Cass? Could you be anymore cliche?"
Chloe went back to the dessert menu, "That tartlette was really good!"
I said, "At the risk of offending Chloe with a cliche, my ideal woman would be my best friend, someone I can talk to and dream with. Someone easy-going and laid back. Low maintenance."
"Ha," said Chloe, "You better send the other table packing then."
I whispered, "Just between the four of us, I'm glad you three ended up at this table."
"Awww," said Tara and Cassandra.
"I think all three of you are sweet."
Chloe said, "You think I'm sweet? Then I haven't done my job."
We all laughed. "Seriously," I continued, "I'm a bit on the shy side. I don't know how well I'd do with someone who drew a lot of attention to herself."
As if on cue, we heard a ruckus coming from the bowling lanes.
Jessica was mixing it up with a townie.
"What going on?" I asked Nina.
"Amanda was bragging about Armand's latest party, and rubbing it in that Jessica wasn't there."
Nina smirked. "Jessica's ex-husband." When she saw the shock on my face, she added, "You didn't know she had been married." She was more stating a fact than asking a question.
"No," I said. How could I have known? I had only met Jessica yesterday. This revelation did drive home the fact that I had little time with these women, so I needed to use it wisely. I couldn't be blind-sided like that again.
Natasha came over and started to dance. "Let me guess, my aura isn't looking to good right now?"
She shook her head, "I just thought you needed some cheering up."
"Thanks." It was sweet of her to distract me from the fight.
Chloe cut in on Natasha. "If you need cheering up, handsome, I have better ideas." And with that, she kissed me. It was soft peck, but it was still the first kiss I had shared with any of the women. I wasn't used to public displays of affection, especially not in front of five other women who could potentially become my wife, but it didn't matter at the moment.
"Wow," I said.
Chloe smiled. "You got that first date kiss out of the way, now you can relax."
"Thank you." With a mix of regret and relief, it was time for the group date to end. I escorted the ladies home, then went to my home to prepare for my one-on-one date with Florence.
Sorry for the delay in getting this post out. I do most of my playing and blogging on the weekends, and the past few weekends have been busy.
Jessica, Jessica, Jessica! That girl starts trouble wherever she goes. It's not enough that she and Nina are constantly going at it. No, she also has to fight with a townie in the middle of her date.
Natasha really did autonomously dance with Garrett while Jessica was fighting. I thought that was funny. Chloe also kissed Garrett autonomously.
Finally, I would like to send a special thank you to the jerk that spammed my blog comments this week. Because of you, I've had to turn comment moderation back on.