Excerpt from Untitled

I still haven’t come up with a title for this book yet but I’m writing again so that’s a start right? lol Here’s an excerpt. . . .

I can’t believe I even agreed to this, but Destiny was persistent and assured me we’d have a great evening, however, I wasn’t convinced. She and Renee thought I needed their help finding Mr. Right, so they planned for me to meet them downtown for a dating site meet and greet. They explained it to be like speed dating, which I had never done and wasn’t interested in but, I promised them to do my best to keep an open mind.

I found my girls already at the bar having a drink when I arrived.

“Hey Boo!” Destiny said a little too loud, pulling me in for a hug.

“Hey girl.” I hugged her back. I hadn’t seen my girls in a few weeks and I missed them.

“You look cute.” Renee said, hugging me.

“Thank you. I really didn’t know how I should dress to something like this and I figure you can’t go wrong with skinnies.” I had on my white skinny jeans and a floral top with my favorite gold sandals. I felt like I looked good but, most importantly for me, I was comfortable.

Renee was only there for fun seeing as she already had a boo, but she never wanted to be left out of any shenanigans Destiny and I were bound to get into.

I grabbed a drink and the girls and I found an empty table. A few minutes later the event host walked out to explain what we’d be doing. She told us that 3 men would be at every table and each woman would have 5 minutes to get to know the men at her table. At the end of each session the women would either choose one man by writing his name down or, she wouldn’t choose any of them. Either way, she’d move on to the next group and the process would start again. We were going to do this for an hour. After that hour, we’d have 5 minute individual dates with the men we had singled out and whittled them down until we have just picked one. The guy we chose would have to set up an actual date for a later time during the week.

I wasn’t very optimistic but, this was going to be interesting.

I nervously walked over to the first table, fluffing my blouse a few times as I could feel my chest start to sweat a little. I’m typically a very confident person, but I had never been in a situation like this before. I took my seat smiling at the men. Two of them licked their lips, smiling back, the other look on, bored.

“Have you guys done this before?” I asked.

“Yea.” All three said in unison.

“Well I’m Max.” I told them looking over at the huge timer on the table that read 4:50. My time to get to know them had already started and I didn’t know where to begin.

I sat in the midst of Sam, a very chubby dark skin man. Peter, an average looking white man and Aaron, a very attractive brown skin man who would typically be my type however, he was the one who didn’t seem interested in being in the building at all.

“So what type of women are you into?” I asked.

“One like you.” Sam said, winking at me. I did my best not to roll my eyes.

“I’m really into the sistas.” Peter said, giving me his best sexy face, that did nothing for me but make me giggle inside.

“And you Aaron?” I said, smiling at him.

“I like a slim chick with a fat ass, kinda like ol girl over there.” He said pointing to one of the women who sat near us at a table.

“Oh, my bad. I’m sorry you’re wasting your time here.” I tried to hide the disgust I was feeling.

“It’s cool. That’s how these things are. You gotta get through all the uglies to get tp the ones who are hot. I mean, not that you’re ugly. You’re nice looking, just not my type.” He shrugged.

“Wow. I guess it’s nice that you’re honest, but you should work on being less of a dick about it. It’s not cute.” At that moment I was literally saved by the bell when the timer went off. I got up from that table without writing down a single name.

The next few tables weren’t as bad. The men were friendlier but, I had yet to write down any names. I started to realize that I had let Aaron annoy me and that was preventing me from just having any fun with the experience. On my way to the 9th table, I gave myself a little pep talk and shook off the funk.

I sat at a table with 3 new men. All handsome.

“Hey guys, how’s it going?” I smiled.

“Good so far.” One said.

“You’re beautiful.” Said another.

“I’m John.” Said the third, who had the most beautiful smile and chocolate skin.

I laughed a loud.

“I’m Max. Nice to meet you John. And you guys are?”

“I’m Roy.” The handsome light skin curly haired guy in the middle said.

“And I’m Alex.” Said, the brown skin slim guy with the blue eyes.

“I see I got a good table. You’re all handsome.”

They all thanked me and began telling me about themselves. I ended up writing down Johns name before I moved on to the next table.

By the end of the hour I had only written down 3 names. I met up with Destiny and Renee to check in with them.

“How many did you get?” Destiny asked, smiling.

“Three.” I told her holding up my cards.

“I got 7.” Destiny said, dancing a little.

“I got one.” Renee said.

Destiny and I both looked at her confused.

“Yea, I wasn’t trying to get any. I was just here for fun but, this one guy Aaron wrote his own name on a card and handed it to me.”

I looked at Destiny, rolling my eyes.

“Girl I know. He told me I was too big and not his type. He was cute but, he wasn’t all that. He would have killed my whole vibe had I got him first.” Destiny said.

“Yea, and I did get him first and he had killed my vibe until I talked myself back into enjoying the experience.”

“What a damn jerk.” Renee said, tearing up the card with his name on it.

Renee headed over to the bar as Destiny and I joined the remaining ladies for the next round.

We were each seated at tables alone around the room. We handed someone our cards and a man we had chosen was ushered in one at the time for our mini dates.

One of my picks, Jose came and sat down with me. He was a nice looking Latino man with gorgeous green eyes and beautiful blush colored lips outlined by a neatly groomed mustache.

“So we meet again Max.” He said, smiling.

“We do. How was this for you?”

“Different. I had never done this before.”

“Me either. Now let me ask you a question so we don’t waste time.”

“Shoot.”

“Out of all the women here, would I be your first choice? And be honest.” I smiled.

“Well… no. I kind of clicked with another woman and I think she wrote my name down but, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get to know whoever wanted to get to know me.” He said, honestly.

“Well I appreciate that Jose and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on that special lady. You’re a nice guy though. I hope she picks you.”

Jose and I shook hands and he was ushered out after our time had expired.’

Donte came in next sitting down across from me. He looked young but, not enough to scare me off. He was a cutie pie, low haircut and broad shoulders. His caramel skin and beautiful smile made him stand out during out first encounter. He was also the most talkative and outgoing of the three.

“Hey Miss Max.” he said smiling.

“Hey cutie pie.” I smiled back.

“Is this over yet so we can get out of here?” he winked.

“No not yet. So tell me what you do for a living.”

“I’m a student over at the community college. You know trying to get it together.”

“So you don’t work?”

“No, I live with my parents. They’re holding it down for me while I finish my classes.”

“Um. . . okay. So how much more school do you have?”

“Well I’ve been going for 5 years so, hopefully not much longer.” He smiled.

I sat back, doing a little math in my head.

“So, you’ve been at a 2 year college for 5 years? Do they offer a master’s program now?”

“You funny girl. I just hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do so, I just took a few classes here and there.” He said, proudly.

“Interesting.” You know what they say about if you have nothing nice to say, I thought to myself.

“Is that a problem?” he asked, still smiling.

“For me, at this stage in my life, yes. I need to deal with me who are where they want to be in life or at least well on their way. You are still figuring that out. That isn’t a problem, it’s just not for me.” I told him.

“That’s cool. You’re a little too stuck up for my taste anyway.” He said, getting up as the buzzer went off.

Things weren’t looking too good for your girl. I was about ready to go.

I looked up and John was walking over to the table.

“Hey beautiful.” He said smiling before sitting down.

“Hey.”

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

“This just wasn’t as much fun as I thought it would be, I kind of feel like I’ve wasted a couple of hours here.” I told him truthfully.

“Dang so I’m a waste of time?” he asked, smiling.

“No, no not you. I’m sorry. I’m supposed to be getting to know you more.” I smiled.

“That’s right. Let me get to the point because I know our time is short. I’ve done this a few times and I’ve never met anyone worthwhile but, I’d like to get to know you a little more and I would love it if you’d let me take you out on a real date. I promise to be on my best behavior and to show you a good time. Scouts honor.” He said, holding three fingers in the air.

I burst into laughter. In a few moments he had changed my attitude toward the evening.

“Okay John. I’m gonna let you do that.” I told him, pulling a card from the table writing my number on it.

The buzzer rang and I got up from the table, walking over to the bar with Renee.

“That last one was cute Max.” She told me, sipping her drink.

“That last on got the digits too.” I told her smiling.

I guess the night wasn’t a bust.

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