When I got over my shyness, I asked Brandon, “So, where are we going?”
He looked over at me and smiled. “It’s a surprise!”
I chuckled and felt comfortable enough to confess, “You know, this is actually my first date with a guy.” With Brandon, being honest and comfortable was like second nature. He made me feel like there was nothing about me that would turn him off, and it was a mutual feeling.
Brandon looked over at me.“Really? Are you serious?”
I nodded my head and gave him a big smile. “The pressure is on for you!” We both laughed and continued on the freeway.
Thirty minutes later, we exited out onto an unfamiliar off-ramp. Wherever it was that we were going, I definitely had never been there before. As we passed several lights and made some turns, we ended up in a warehouse area. I made a joke along the lines of, “Is this where you’re going to dispose of my body?”
Brandon let out another one of his laughs. “I know it does look a little spooky, but trust me, I’m not some kind of psycho.” I laughed back, wondering what kind of surprise he had in store for me.
Along the street there were signs of airplane hangars for sale. Thinking nothing of it, I just watched as we pulled into a street with a cul-de-sac. To the right was a driveway with 15 other cars and an entrance that lit up a red brick building. It looked like a very secluded and exclusive steakhouse. As Brandon parked his car, all the doubts and negative thoughts rushed to the forefront again. Was I ready for all the wandering eyes that would take in Brandon’s face and peruse my younger one?
Brandon came to my side just as I opened my own door. “Damn, you took my thunder. I was going to get the door for you,” he said smiling.I couldn’t help but wonder if Brandon was just playing the part of a gentleman or if he really was naturally like that.
“Oh come on, I can get my own door,” I retorted, even though I liked the thought of him getting it. “Next time,” I added. And with that he motioned for my hand to help me out of the car. Taking my hand into his, we made our way up the lit entrance as a jet plane took off nearby.