Kindling the Spark
The world can be a lonely place, especially if you're an orphan. I grew up alone with no one but my brother. I was put into foster care at the age of five. He was two months old. No one really wanted us. I felt forgotten; but that was then and this is now. I'm an adult, aged twenty one. He's a sixteen year old. I adopted him when I turned eighteen. There I stood in front of the mirror, wearing my best suit. It was black with a crimson tie. I wore a white button shirt with black shoes. I went over to my dresser and picked up the comb. I walked back to the mirror and started running it through my thick brown hair. In the mirror I could see the emerald eyes of my reflection staring back at me like a twin brother.
"You are ready for this." I said with a confident half smile. I glanced at my watch.
"I better hurry." I said jogging to the front door.
I saw Eric, my brother, playing video games.
"Enjoy yourself" He said, not even glancing up from his race car game.
"Oh I will" I said with a silly grin.
I picked up my keys and locked the door. I walked to my car, fidgeting with my hands.
"Hi I'm Benjamin Stinson but feel free to call me Ben" I said with a shaky voice. "I'm so not ready for this" I shook my head. I looked up at the sky.
"The moon is beautiful" I said to myself, admiring its crescent shape. I got into my midnight onyx convertible. I slide the key into the ignition and listened to the engine hum to life. I started driving. It took me fifteen minutes to steer past all the cars and avoid traffic jams but finally I arrived at the restaurant. I stopped at the parking spot closest to the door on the left. I walked in with a stride of pride.
"Ah, The Royal Feast Restaurant, said to have the best food in London." I thought to myself.
"Mr Stinson. Back so soon." I heard an old rough voice say.
"Why yes James, you do serve the best food anyone could ever dream of." I said with a smile.
"I'm flattered, sir. I'll show you to your table." He said with a big smile across his old face. I saw from a distance that she had already arrived. I went over to the table. She got up. "Hi. My name is Ben Stinson." I said, surprisingly, in a calm and relaxed tone.
"Astrid Draven." She said with a half-smile. We both sat at opposite ends of the round table. I felt mesmerized by her Sapphire eyes. She was breath taking. Her Golden blond hair flowed from her head to her shoulders like a majestic waterfall. Her vanilla skin seemed to shine in the well lit room. She looked like a new born star, shining in the night sky. She truly was a goddess among mere mortals.
"So, what do you do for a living?" she asked.
"I'm currently between jobs" I said gazing into the ocean that is her eyes.
"What about you" I was still lost in her gaze.
"I'm very wealthy. I do not need to work"
"Are you ready sir, ma'am." The waiter said, tearing me from her gaze.
"Bring us a bottle of wine." I said.
"Very good, sir." He said.
"I'll have a steak, well done" I said.
"I'll have the same but I want it rare. I want to be able to see the blood drip from it when I cut it" She said with an almost creepy smile.
"So, do you have any siblings?" I asked desperately hoping to change the subject.
"They passed away a long time ago." She looked down at the table with a sad expression across her face.
"I'm so sorry. I never meant to upset you." I felt like kicking myself for upsetting her.
"Oh no, It's fine." She said, looking at me again, trying a weak smile. "Do you have any siblings?"
"Yes. I have a little brother."
The waiter placed our food on the table. "Enjoy." He said as he poured us each half a glass of wine.
"Have you ever… done this before?" I felt myself start blushing.
"This is my first time going on a date with someone I met online." She said shyly. She cut a piece of the steak and devoured it.
"Wow their food is divine." She said with her eyes closed and a big smile strewn across her face.
I picked up my wineglass and took a sip. I set it back down on the exact same place. After that, we sat and spoke. We laughed here and there. The night went on. The waiter brought the check. He set it on the centre of the table. I reached for it but Astrid got it before I did.
"I'll pay." I said.
"No it's fine" Astrid said.
"No. Please. I insist." I said.
"Are you sure?" She asked with a hint of confusion dripping from her lips.
"I'm pretty sure." I said. She handed me the check. I paid for our meal and left a 10% tip. I took her hand and led her out of the restaurant.
"Where is your car?" I asked.
"I don't drive. I walked here." She said with a hint of smug in her voice.
"Allow me to drive you home, then." I said, gesturing to my car.
"No it's fine. No need to trouble yourself for me" She said.
"Allow me to walk you home." I started feeling like a proper gentleman.
I took off my coat and place it on her shoulders.
"If you insist." She replied with a smile scrawled across her flawless face. We started walking down the quiet street.
"I had a great time tonight." She said, putting her hands in my coat pockets.
"Really, because I had an amazing time" I could feel the burning heat from my red cheeks.
"Do you maybe want to do this again sometime?" she asked, eyes filled with hope.
"I would love to."
We walked for another three minutes in silence, neither of us really knowing what to say.
"This is where I live." She said. I looked at her house in awe. Five floors! We stopped at the gate. She took off my coat and handed it to me. I leaned in and kissed her. Her lips were so soft and smooth. She hesitated for a second before kissing back, but when she did I couldn't help but close my eyes. I could see colors bursting in my mind like fireworks. She pulled away and gave me a seductive glance with the grin to match.
"Good night." She said. I left feeling happy.