I felt all the eyes of the packed theater stab at me, so I started laughing uncomfortably as we all continued watching a blank screen. My date nudged me and asked why I wasn’t laughing at the movie. I had completely forgotten that we were supposed to be watching a comedy. I had been too busy trying to figure out why I had agreed to go on this date in the first place.
I had met this guy online, and he seemed nice enough. We had talked for a few weeks and he had asked me out on a date. I had agreed, thinking it would be nice to get out of the house and do something different. But now that I was here, in the movie theater, I was starting to regret my decision.
The date had been going well enough, up until this point. We had talked about our lives, our jobs, our hobbies, and we had even shared a few laughs. But now, I felt like I was on a different planet. I was so out of my element and I had no idea what to do.
I glanced over at my date and he was still looking at the blank screen, waiting for the movie to start. I felt a wave of panic wash over me. I had to think of something to say, something to make this moment less awkward.
I cleared my throat and said, “So, what did you think of the previews?”
My date smiled and said, “They were okay. I’m just looking forward to the movie.”
I nodded, relieved that he had taken the lead. We talked about the previews for a few minutes and I started to relax. I was actually starting to enjoy myself.
When the movie finally started, I was so relieved. I laughed at all the right moments and felt like I was finally getting back into the swing of things. When the movie was over, my date and I walked out of the theater, both of us smiling and laughing.
I had gone on the date feeling unsure, but I left feeling like I had made the right decision. I had made a connection with my date and I was looking forward to seeing him again.